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Agreement reached on water and wastewater treatment
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Midway, the Liberty County Development Authority and County Commission have come to an agreement on the provision of water and wastewater treatment, although the LCDA is waiting for a formal photo opportunity to actually sign the document.
Midway and the county have already agreed to the last of many drafts compromising on provision of water and sewer services to the Sawgrass development, annexation of the development by Midway and plans.
Midway will provide the water and sewer service to Sawgrass - previously an area of dispute - but will buy the water from the authority and then resell it to Sawgrass.
The agreement also envisions Midway entering into an arrangement with LCDA in which the city will provide the billing, collection and other customer services in connection with the water system.
For sewer service, the authority will lease Midway property to expand the city's land application system for sewage disposal, to allow increased capacity. This will allow Midway to provide needed wastewater treatment; possibly including those of LCDA customers while the authority constructs its own $30 million facility, possibly to be ready next year.
The partnering will allow Midway to save about $500,000 in water treatment expansion costs, and about this same amount in water supply by not having to drill a new well.
This $1 million in savings will go to the authority to be used to pay for increased capacity to benefit Midway and other East Liberty users.
In other business at it's January meeting last week, the authority discussed the constant complaints about signs and visibility at the entrance of Tradeport East Business Center on Islands Highway.
County Commission Chairman John McIver, who is also on the authority, said, "At the last commission meeting I had an earful about the signs."
A sign giving the distance to Tradeport from I-95 as decimal point five (a half) miles has been removed.
The authority had four streetlights erected at the controversial intersection and three of them work.
Another item was the need for a third party or parties to review the work on the wastewater treatment facility.
Additional review was felt necessary because the same firm, CH2MHill, designed and is building the $30 million facility.
Although documents have not been signed, it appears that the authority will engage Thomas and Hutton Engineering Co. and Paul Simonton Associates to review CH2MHill's work. Cost figures are not yet available.
The authority decided that its regular February meeting will be held March 3 because of staff schedule conflicts.
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