The city of Quincy is spending half a million dollars to look at the future of its wastewater treatment facility. It's part of what officials are calling phase two of a project to overhaul the aging facility.
City council approved an agreement for that Monday night but officials said this is not a surprise. They've been planning these improvements for a while.
Officials said the $500,000 agreement will look at how the city can save on energy and disposal costs at the plant and offer the city several recommendations. Those recommendations will determine how much they invest when replacing a portion of the decades old system. Officials said the project will range in cost from $2 million to $7 million.
"The money has been appropriated. We have the money available. If it doesn't get spent on this phase 2 improvement, we have budgeted 7 million for phase 2 but if it only comes in at 4 million then that other money will be re allocated for either sewer repairs or the CSO project," said city engineer Jeffrey Conte.
Conte said they hope to get the results of that study back by May or June.
Construction of phase 2 of the wastewater treatment improvement project may not begin for another year.
Monday night, council also approved a resolution to purchase insurance for the city's water and wastewater treatment plants along with its pump stations. The council also approved $16,000 in annual maintenance and calibration of the city’s water treatment equipment.
Also out of Monday's meeting: Two tax rates will remain the same. Council approved two resolutions for that. One resolution maintains the home rule purchase tax rate of 1.5 percent. The other maintains the hotel tax rate at 8 percent.
Also, the city council approved the Quincy Exchange Club’s request to close streets in Quincy on Memorial Day weekend for the 30th annual Gus Macker basketball tournament.