A deal with town resident and property owner Mary Dokas has been reached, paving the way for the construction of a pumping station on an acre of her land.

Dokas agreed to give the town the land in exchange for a waiver of water replacement fees. The pumping station, part of the three-part, $11 million sewage treatment plant expansion, is necessary to treat an estimated 500,000 gallons of sewage a day.

The deal is to be finalized during Wednesday night's town councilmeeting.

Also at the meeting, the council is expected execute several farming leases for spray irrigation fields, as well as assess the progress of the whole sewage treatment project. The first phase of the project -- a doubling of the system's capacity -- is virtually finished. Phases II and III are beginning.

Also during the meeting, Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. is expected to ask anyone interested in filling vacant seats on the Board of Appeals or the Planning Commission to submit resumes. He said he wants to appoint members to those boards soon.

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