By jeanne starmack
An engineering firm has been given the go-ahead to design Phase I of a three-phase update for the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
City council recently approved up to $175,000 for the firm to design the first phase.
That money is coming from the city’s replacement-and-improvement fund, said city auditor Mike Villano.
The firm is completing a comprehensive review and plan for the treatment plant, off Elmwood Drive, said city services director Dan Livingston.
He said he expects it to be finished soon.
“We’re doing it in phases because the EPA comes out every five years with new requirements, and the next time is 2015,” Livingston said. “The whole comprehensive plan will take us into 2020 or .”
Phase I will include replacing the sludge press with newer technology, he said.
Livingston said the city is trying to be proactive with plant improvements.
“There are no problems now, but things are breaking down and needing repaired,” he said.