Citizens Can Weigh in on New Sewer Lines

9 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, September 07 2010 Sep 7, 2010 Tuesday, September 07, 2010 6:20:36 AM CDT September 07, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is talking about making some sewer improvements in the city and the public gets a say tonight.

The new sewer trunk lines along Hinkson Creek to the city landfill. The goal is to increase sewer service capacity to more industrial areas of Columbia. 3M and Columbia Foods are two buildings that will get access to new lines connecting to existing ones.

The new construction would eliminate the Ewing Industrial Park Pump Station maintenance burden. It will also get rid of 30 or more lagoons, or on-site systems.

The 29,000 feet of new sewer service will cost Columbia $7.5 million in construction costs. The money comes from a revenue bond package approved by voters in April 2008. The total cost will be more than $8 million with the extra money coming from appropriations.

Pollution is currently an issue for Hinkson Creek and critics say adding sewer mains across the creek will just increase contaminants.

The city council and DNR are working to control runoff and improve water quality.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall council chambers.

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