Final funding in place for Coalville sewage plant
After six years of fighting for funding, land and approvals, Coalville finally has all the pieces in place to build a new wastewater treatment plant.
Coalville Mayor Duane Schmidt said the town received the last portion of the $9.5 million they needed to finance the new plant last Wednesday from the Utah Water Quality Board.
The town was told six years ago that the Bureau of Land Reclamation would not renew the city’s lease in 2014 on the current wastewater treatment plant because it is located below the water line of the Echo Reservoir and posed a safety hazard if anything were to happen to the dam. The current plant is 50 years old.
"Everything just created the perfect storm for us to have to build a new plant," Schmidt said.
Schmidt was expecting to receive the necessary funds for the new treatment plant from the Army Corp. of Engineers but, in December, Congress decided not to fund the bill.
"We spent a full year trying to patch together various sources of funding," Schmidt said. "Now we have it, and the purchase agreement for the new land has been signed so the city will own the land the plant is on and be able to expand the new plant if necessary."
The land that was purchased for the new plant is located west of the Rail Trail, about a quarter of a mile south of the current wastewater plant.
"No one really gets excited about a new sewage plant but our back was really against the wall on this one. But we will have a brand new, state-of-the-art sewage plant that should last this town another 50 years," Schmidt said, adding that he expects the plant to be enclosed in buildings so it is not an eyesore.
Coalville must have a new wastewater treatment plant built by October 2014. Schmidt said they will begin design of the new plant and he expects to have it out to bid in the next 10 months.
"After being tied up in this for so many years, I think we may be breaking ground by next spring," he said.
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