The VA has reported on the sewer plant for years, but I only see one reference in the "related stories" links. This, from a January 26 article seems to sum up the story: "It could cost the city anywhere between $500,000 to millions of dollars more to build somewhere else, resulting in water and sewage fee increases as much as $5 to $10 each month." FYI, EA, the story also reports COV started planning in 2005.
It sounds like the residents have a very good chance of prevailing! A couple of things to remember, though--one day that plant will have to replaced, but it was not an emergency at this time. Second, the purchase of this piece of land had a lot of controversy attached to it. That plant could be located on another parcel of land. Act in haste, repent in leisure.
Sadly, this is one of those NIMBY things that probably won't garner to much support due to nobody wanting it moved for fear it might end up closer to them.I wish the residents luck in their fight.
Why don't they move it to the north side of town where our beautiful little subdivisions can enjoy the smell some residents have had the pleasure of smelling for many years, I'm sure the south side could find it in their hearts to share the pleasant odor with others. We're not greedy!
Well it's cost saving to the COV,
"Frank Werkenthin Jr., an Austin attorney representing the city's interest, said they would prefer to have the hearings in Austin as a cost-saving measure."
It will save the city money, their hired gun attorney wouldn't have to drive or fly to Victoria, stay in a Hotel room ect. Durn, the COV will miss out on some HOT funds though.
Just another case of " What does the COV Legal and Engineering Departments really do?"
Every time something is built or a legal matter has to be litigated, COV hires a outside attorney or engineer.
How could it possibly be a cost saving measure to hold the hearings in Austin? A couple of folks coming from Austin versus a lot of folks traveling to Austin? Thank goodness the judge seems to be of reason!