August 18, 2016--Sewage plant will require $62 million loan (Durango Herald)

The city plans to take out a $62 million loan this month to pay for a sewage-treatment plant remodel in Santa Rita Park. Work at the plant is expected to start in May, and it will require about two years, said consultant Bob Bolton, a vice president with Dewberry. Work on aeration basins will be accelerated to meet the February 2018 deadline to remove more nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous and ammonia from water the plant puts back in the river, he said. Design work has been ongoing all summer, and a team of consultants on Tuesday presented drawings and site plans to the Durango City Council. The actual construction of the plant is expected to cost about $53.8 million, Bolton said. The additional money the city will borrow is needed to cover related costs, such as design, said Mary Beth Miles, assistant to the city manager. Voters approved a $68 million bond question to use for the plant and other improvements. This will give the city a little flexibility in case the bids come in higher than expected, Miles said. To view the full article visit the Durango Herald.