Jackson Approves 7 Million Sewer Plant Contract

Jackson Approves 7 Million Sewer Plant Contract

The City of Jackson took a major step last night in addressing its ongoing waste-water treatment issues as the City Council approved a seven million dollar construction contract for improvement to its sewer plant.  The Council voted to approve a construction contract with Auburn Constructors for 7.7 million dollars in improvements to the City Treatment plant.  The project is intended to help the city meet State Water Quality regulations, an issue recently highlighted by the city's $160,000 settlement with the Regional Quality Control Board over waste-water system violations.  The Council also approved a 1.2 million dollar contract for construction management services on the project.  Total costs on the project are expected to run as high as 12 million dollars and will initially be paid for with a loan from the State, which the city will pay back with sewer rate increases over the new two decades.  Construction on the project is scheduled to start at the end of the month, but recent storms have damaged the access road to the treatment plant and now require emergency repair.  In a related matter, the Council passed an urgency ordinance that contains new regulations for sewer lines in the city. The new rules flow from the city's recent settlement with the Regional Water Quality Board.

 

Written by Craig Baracco

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