Hailey City Council Proposing Water Treatment Plant Improvements

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By Andrew Reed

Hailey, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Hailey city council held a meeting Monday night to address wastewater issues.

The city's current wastewater treatment plant is 14-years old.

However, the wastewater sludge processes are being handled in 37-year old tanks, city officials said it's ready for an upgrade.

It was a full house at the Hailey city council meeting, more than 20-residents sat in the audience to hear what the city council has in mind on the wastewater treatment plant.

"The oldest part of the wastewater plant is the biosolids area and that was built in 1976-1977, it's covered by a fiberglass dome that is deteriorating. In addition, there are a lot of metal parts of the biosolids plant that is rusting and deteriorating and wasting away,” said Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, City of Hailey.

City officials believe, water service delivery of a safe and sanitary sewer system are the fundamental functions of city government.

The estimate price of the wastewater project would cost between three and five million dollars.

"It will cost the taxpayers some money; it will come out of their wastewater fee that they pay every month on their bill. Are water and wastewater fee collective a lot lower than many cities throughout the state,” said Fritz.

If a bond is approved and voters pass a plant improvement... residents could see a wastewater fee increase of more than seven dollars per month.

The mayor said, he is taking a proactive approach to keep Hailey's parks, lawns, and tree's green.

A facility council members would like to see get a makeover.

If the council moves forward with a bond voters could see it on the May 2014 ballet.


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