HOLTVILLE — To replace the city’s sanitary sewer outfall pipeline and to construct two sewer lines along residential blocks that have poor or nonexistent sewage, the City Council approved applying for financing from the state revolving fund.
If funded, the state may provide up to 75 percent of the project costs, which could be up to $5 million, according to a council report.
City Planner Justina Arce said $20 million are still available in the fund, and that “the city is at an advantage position” because the state is only taking applications from severely disadvantaged communities such as Holtville.
The main pipeline would run from the intersection of Olive Avenue and Ninth Street to a new manhole located close to the existing Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to a council report. The exact location of the pipeline is yet to be determined, the same report reads.
“It’s a big project,” City Engineer Jack Holt said, adding the main pipeline will run 3.2 miles and transport all the sewage from the city to the waste plant.
The household sewer lines will be located in the alley of Ninth Street and Tenth Street, the report reads, between Orange Avenue and Fern Avenue, and Cedar Avenue and Pine Avenue.
The project will replace existing pipeline connections and install new connections for houses that use septic tanks, Arce said. But households with septic tanks will have the option not to connect to a sewer pipe, she said.
The grant application process will be “very lengthy,” said Arce, and takes six to nine months to reach a finance commitment from the state.
Moreover, there is a fiscal impact to the city expected to be around $10,000 to $25,000, depending on the level of financial, legal and planning assistance, said Arce.
The project seems to be steadily on its way, as the Border Environment Cooperation Commission has already invested approximately $327,000, said Arce. It is estimated the BECC will contribute an additional $200,000 for the design portion of the project, she said.
“Residents will be more than happy to have this development happening,” said Councilwoman Colleen Ludwig.
Easement and rights of way agreements
Separately, the City Council approved spending $29,000 to hire a consultant to negotiate so-called easement agreements and rights of way of properties affected by the projects.
Half of that cost will be reimbursed by BECC, Holt said.
Aside from negotiating agreements with private property owners, the city will also have to negotiate with Imperial Irrigation District and obtain permission from the county for construction will take place on their properties, too, he said.
The design portion of the project is expected to be completed in February, Holt said, adding a construction date is yet to be determined.
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