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Brawley council to discuss $4.2 million contract for second phase of sewer plant

October 15, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The City Council here Tuesday will discuss awarding a $4.2 million contract for phase two of the wastewater treatment plant expansion.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers, 225 A St.

Phase two encompasses the bulk of the plant expansion project, according to City Manager Jerry Santillan.

The city already has done work on the first phase of the project to expand the plant to meet the needs of the under-construction beef-processing plant in the city.

The project to expand the wastewater plant came as the city's waste at times exceeded the capacity of the treatment facility.

The expansion will increase the plant's capacity from more than 3 million gallons per day to more than 6 million gallons per day.

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City officials said along with meeting requirements of the state Regional Water Quality Control Board, the expansion was necessary to meet the needs of city growth.

The cost of the plant project is expected to be about $7 million, with the majority of that funding coming from federal grants.

However, the city did have to increase the average monthly sewer rate from $12.40 to $13 as a result of grant requirements tied to the expansion project.

In other action Tuesday, the council will discuss a proposal by the Brawley Beautification Committee regarding the old water treatment plant site on Western Avenue.

The plan calls for cleaning the site until the city takes further actions with the site.

The council in closed session will conduct a performance review of Santillan.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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