Matt Smith with Carter & Sloope Consulting Engineers, who has been working with the city toward a new wastewater treatment plant, shared the latest information from the United States Department of Agriculture, the agency that had been considered the best option to borrow the funds needed to construct a new wastewater treatment plant for the city.
Smith started his presentation with a timeline. When the application process began in September of 2010, the city council was planning to construct a 1.2-million-gallon per day wastewater treatment plan at the cost of $12 million, and under the terms at the time was eligible for a $4 million grant from the agency.
Problems with that plan began with a new state engineer in March of 2011 and a recommendation for a 0.6 MGD plant. The USDA reduced its maximum grant from $2-4 million in November of 2011.
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