Tuesday, November 23, 1999

Gallatin site not likely

Wastewater plant's cost, protests cited

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Building a regional wastewater treatment plant in Gallatin County would cost about $14.7 million more than putting it in Boone County's Belleview area, according to an independent consultant's report released Monday.

        That report, along with recent opposition from Gallatin County's judge-executive, makes the prospect of a wastewater treatment plant in Gallatin County “look less possible each day that goes by,” said Boone County Judge-executive Gary Moore.

        “On Thursday, after listening to residents' concerns, (Gallatin County) Judge-(executive George) Zubaty said that he no longer considers the Steele Bottom site (in Gallatin County) an option,” Mr. Moore said.

        Boone County's judge-executive said that criticism, along with the cost of building on the Gallatin County site, “is making it look less possible each day that goes by.”

Cost too high
        The economic review by PDR Engineers Inc. of Sharonville found that putting a wastewater treatment plant on the Steele Bottom site in Gallatin County would cost about $275.8 million. Besides construction, that price includes related costs, such as the cost of all connecting sewer lines, and improvements to the current system.

        Building a wastewater treatment plant in Belleview with connecting sewer lines and pump stations would cost $261.1 million, including capital and operating costs for 20 years.

        While Sanitation District No. 1 earlier estimated the cost of a Gallatin County plant to be about $23 million more in capital and operating costs than the Belleview site, the district had started with a lower price of $251 million for the Belleview site.

        The plant is scheduled to open in 2005.

        “When PDR did its report, it discovered some items that would be needed for the construction of the plant that the sanitation district did not include,” Mr. Moore said.

        Besides the economic review from PDR, Boone Fiscal Court also approved a $20,000 environmental study by the Environmental Resource Management Center at Northern Kentucky University.

Study awaited
        Results of the environmental study are expected within 21/2 weeks, Mr. Moore said.

        “That is the next important piece of information we're waiting for,'” Boone County's judge-executive said.

        While that report had been expected in early November, Mr. Moore said that it was delayed partly by the legal battle that the sanitation district had to wage to get onto the property and obtain soil samples.


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