Tuesday, February 08, 2000

Sewer plan seeks $46.4M

Project to end overflows on list county considering

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Metropolitan Sewer District officials presented Hamilton County commissioners with a plan Monday that outlines how they intend to spend $46.4 million on capital projects in the coming year.

        MSD Deputy Director Robert J. Campbell asked commissioners to give their blessing to the overall plan, although each expenditure still must be approved individually by commissioners as the projects begin.

        Commissioner Bob Bedinghaus was out of town Monday, but commissioners plan to hold a public hearing on the document Feb. 16 and vote on it afterward.

        The document sets a priority list of projects, showing the different stages each project is in, that MSD must get done in the coming year.

        “This gives us a good handle on what we need to get done, and it's a good way to evaluate emergency projects that come up,” said MSD Director Pat Karney. “Because if some emergency project goes into the plan, something has to come out.”

        Some highlights of the spending plan:

        • More than $15 million to rebuild sewers or add new ones.

        • Nearly $13 million to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows, which sometimes send raw or partially treated sewage into waterways, basements, streets and back yards.

        Sanitary sewer overflows are the subject of a federal lawsuit against Hamilton County.

        • Nearly $3 million for projects to eliminate basement flooding in certain areas.

        • More than $2 million to make improvements to water treatment plants and facilities.


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