Aberdeen’s City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to move $2.5 million in money won from an EPA lawsuit to its coffers to use for capital improvements to its water system Monday night. The money should be available within a month’s time for use.
The $2.5 million was in a revolving fund set aside specifically for water projects. But because of the fund’s conditions and stipulations, the money could not be freely spent, Mayor Patrick McGrady said. Now, it is free to fund water projects.
City manager Randy Robertson said the money has not been reserved for any specific projects just yet, though “there were some proposals to the council.”
Before any projects are decided, they will be subject to the council’s usual process, wherein they will be discussed twice at council meetings and opened for public comment before anything is cemented.
The city won the money in 2012 Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit after fuel from a gasoline station leaked into Aberdeen’s well field, contaminating three or four of them.