Sewer Plant Proposed for Boone County
They said they need it so they can build more homes off Interstate 70 near the Midway exit. An existing facility handles most of the waste from the Rollingwood Subdivision west of Columbia.
"It will contain 106 lots. That's what's currently platted," said Jim Wright, a contract developer. "And then future development across the road, there is 92 acres."
But, Wright said another subdivision will overload the already-stressed sewer plant.
"Growth typically follows the sewer," he explained. "And we're taking the bull by the horns ourselves and building a modern sewage treatment plant."
When construction is complete, developers will turn over operation of the plant to the Boone County Sewer District. County officials said the new plant will be able to process 150,000 gallons of wastewater a day, making it cleaner and virtually odorless.
"It's good for public health and the environment, that's probably the biggest benefit," said Skip Elkin, Boone County northern district commissioner.
One resident is not turning up his nose at the idea.
'It's easy for me to say now, but right now I don't anticipate much of any inconvenience for that," said Gary Baker. "Again, it's something necessary that we have to have."
The new sewer plant would replace two smaller plants in the area.