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City to seek grant for sewer project

Mar 02, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said the Washington City council would consider a couple of amendments during its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Washington Public Library that would aid the city in applying for a Community Development Block Grant as part of its sewer work.

Hinson said the issues would deal with the grant writing and submission of the grant. He said the council has budgeted $1 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget for sewer work on the southeast area of town to mitigate inflow and infiltration in the sewer pipes. it is an area where reports have been made of sewer backups.

“There are a couple of clusters where we have had backups,” Hinson said. “The southeast is where we have had the most of them.”

He said the grant could add up to $600,000 to the project. He said this would make a really significant project.

In November 2016, FOX Engineering did a survey of the southeast sewer basin. Hinson said the project is based on the report. He also said that an income survey was done for another block grant about a year ago that can be used for this grant as well.

In December 2016, Hinson wrote that hopefully by doing a couple of larger projects over the next few years, the city could work toward elimination of basement backups in all but the most extreme circumstances. He said this is the goal of I & I reduction efforts.

At the time, Steve Soupir of FOX Engineering said it would be hard to predict how the projects would impact I & I in the basin.

“How much I & I reduction you will have is hard to determine,” Soupir said. “It is very difficult because you don’t know for sure.

All of the maintenance items will help, but the total overall value is difficult to determine.”

He said an estimate is an overall 40 percent reduction, which he said would reduce backups in that area.

Hinson said the projection for the first five years of the plan was $1.7 million and that the city may be in a position to get most of that with a general obligation bond issuance.

Last year the city received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $600,000 to help pay for the $6 million water treatment plant project.

When the City of Washington built its new $16 million wastewater treatment plant, the city received a $600,000 grant to help fund it.

Hinson said this is the largest CDBG that can be awarded.

The council also will discuss a task order amendment for the south water tower project.

The tower is scheduled to be painted in a manner identical to the north water tower.

Hinson also said the hotel-motel tax committee will present a request for some training sessions the members wish to attend.

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