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USDA will not fund sewer facility larger than 750K
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 02, 2013 | 1066 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The news delivered to Gray City Council members at a recent committee meeting concerning their proposed wastewater treatment facility was not good.

The April 15 meeting began with a report from Tom McEachern about the renewal of the city’s insurance. He said the $1,947 increase for the year was not bad with the majority of that increase being the result of the city’s purchase of a pumper truck and new pickup truck.

The total annual premium is $69,863, and the council will vote on the renewal at their May 6 meeting. McEachern said the city’s coverage has not changed. The insurance agent did talk to the members about pollution coverage that would protect the city from the liability of sewage spills, but no decision was made about that policy.

Matt Smith, of the engineering firm of Carter and Sloope, delivered the report of a March 5 meeting with USDA officials. He said the agency does not agree with the city’s desire to build a 1.2-million-gallon treatment plant and will not fund a facility in excess of 750,000 gallons.

Smith said the officials agreed with the growth rate but cut the projection length from 20 to 11 years.

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