CLAY CITY -- A project with roots dating back to 2001 is finally coming to fruition for residents of Clay City.
At its January meeting, the Clay City Town Council learned from John Wetzel, Midwestern Engineering, Loogootee, that the town's new wastewater treatment facility was close to completion.
"Nearly all the work for both divisions is now complete," Wetzel told the council members at the meeting. "We are pretty close to complete out there now."
Wetzel told The Brazil Times the project was divided into two "divisions."
He said the first division still needs a few items to be completed, including two fences having to be set up by two lift stations.
In addition, he said the second division, which was primarily construction, had a few punch list items left to be finished. He said some of the items on the punch list are cosmetic, including the growing of grass and cleaning up the area.
Small-Wilson, Bloomfield, has been handling the construction of the new facility.
Wetzel said the current wastewater facility had been in place since the 70s. He said typically, wastewater facilities have a lifespan of about 30 years.
The town had to create a new facility after being placed on a sewers connection band in 2002, Wetzel said.
"Basically, the town had overflows," he said. "We had to upsize the lift stations and wastewater treatment plant. The lift stations were undersized."
There are only four lift stations in Clay City, three of which experienced overflow on a regular basis. Wetzel said those three lift stations have been upgraded.
In order to help fund the project, the town attempted to get several grants. It did and also received a 40-year loan from United States Rural Development.
The original budget for the project was $3,492,000. However, at Thursday's meeting, Wetzel told the council the project cost to date was $3,366,676, meaning the town had roughly $125,000 left over to continue spending on the project.
At the meeting, the council voted 3-0 to begin work on the fourth lift station in town pending United States Rural Development approval, something Wetzel said should happen.
"There's no guarantees," he said.
The project was scheduled to be completed by the end of 2007. However, there were a few snafus that prohibited that from happening.
"As with any big project like this, you're going to have issues," Wetzel said. "But everything is performing."
Still, Wetzel said the wastewater plant has been operational since October.
At Thursday's meeting, the council agreed to have Wetzel draft a letter to send to United States Rural Development in order to work on the fourth lift station in town with the left over project money.