City hires help to get Odem Street Wastewater Treatment Plant permit

Brian Cuaron

May 17, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

The Victoria city council approved a $50,000 engineering services contract to help it secure a permit for the new wastewater treatment plant.

The measure passed 4-2 with councilmen David Hagan and Gabriel Soliz voting in opposition. Councilman Paul Polasek was absent from the meeting.

The contract with Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., will have them provide expert testimony and depositions that may be required by the permitting process, as well as the preparation of any required exhibits or documents.

The proposed Odem Street Wastewater Treatment Plant would be on the corner of Odem Street and Hand Road.

However, Mayor Will Armstrong said that the contract's price tag could rise if the city needs to call in expert witnesses.

"Those few people that are protesting this could run the price up considerably," Armstrong said.

Henry Perez, who has fought against the proposed plant that will be near his house, urged the council to vote against the measure. His former ally on the matter, Councilman Joe Truman, supported the contract.

Truman, calling Perez a good Victoria resident, said he knew nobody wants to live near a sewer plant. Yet he said the city needs a wastewater treatment plant.

"It's like, 'Well, we lost that fight and now it's time to be a responsible councilman,'" said Truman, explaining his vote.

He added that the engineering services will point out any weaknesses with the proposed plant. He added he has walked around a modern wastewater treatment plant near Austin and he couldn't smell any sewage.

Despite all that, Perez still has one question: "How would you like to have a sewer plant built next to your house?"



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