14 Million And Counting For Ione Sewer Woes

14 Million And Counting For Ione Sewer Woes

The Ione City Council welcomed two new members at their meeting last night, and they immediately faced the longest running, most controversial issue the city faces: its sewer system.  Sworn in last night were new Council-members Thomas Reed and Diane Wratten, both won election in November running unopposed.   The Council then voted new officers for the year, electing Dominic Atlan as Mayor and Wratten as Vice Mayor. The Council then honored outgoing Council-members Patrick Weart and Dale Haney each served one term on the City Council.   The newly seated Council then tackled a package of items concerning the city waste-water treatment plant.  The Council voted to approve a new report on the facility to the Regional Water Quality Board, twenty thousand dollars on engineering services for additional work with the Water Quality Board and an engineering contract for an estimated $32,000 to line four treatment ponds at the city's sewer system.  All of the items relate to the ongoing efforts to address heavy metals in the groundwater caused by the treatment plant that have resulted in several water quality violations against the city.  Efforts to address this problem have now lasted 14 years and have cost the city millions of dollars.

 

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