“The current estimated cost to address combined sewer overflows is $120 million over the next 30 years,” Tadych wrote. “During this same time frame, major rehabilitation will be necessary for our sewer collection system and wastewater treatment plant.”
Nearly half the city’s sewer system is at least 50 years old and “will require extensive rehabilitation going forward,” with an estimate $142 million needed to repair the sewers themselves over the next 30-40 years, plus another $68 million needed in improvements at the sewage-treatment plant, he wrote.
“All told the city is looking at $330 million in future improvements to the system,” Tadych wrote.
Both the sewer and trash rate increases will receive consideration at the first of two required meetings Tuesday, with the legislation expected to receive a vote on Nov. 15.
Trash rates, which now are $14.25 per month, would climb to $15 monthly for residences and businesses, under the other piece of legislation. Those rates go toward paying trash collection and recycling, monitoring and maintaining the city’s closed landfill and contracted litter collection.
“Ongoing monitoring at the closed landfill in 2016 has revealed slightly higher than acceptable methane gas readings per Ohio (Environmental Protection Agency) standards,” Tadych wrote. “This will require increased monitoring along with mitigation efforts through the end of 2016 and into 2017,” at an estimated cost of $150,000 to monitor and alleviate the issue.
More trash-rate increases likely are on the way, Tadych noted: with hikes of 25 cents per month possibly needed in 2018 and 2020. Without the fee increase, he added, “the fund will run into a deficit in 2017.”