Residents to speak against sewer plant

April 16, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated July 3, 2012 at 2:03 a.m.

Concerned Citizens for the Health and Safety of Victoria will address the city council Tuesday in opposition of a proposed $20 million sewer treatment plant.

The city plans to transfer $175,000 within the water/wastewater fund to pay for legal counsel in a dispute over the proposed plant.

The issue, which involves water and sewer revenue, will come up during Tuesday's city council meeting in the first of three ordinance readings.

Henry Perez, a member of the opposition group involved in a legal dispute with the city regarding the plant's permit through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, said he does not agree with the city's funding methods.

"They shouldn't use the money they collect from water bills to pay for lawyers," Perez said. "They don't even have to build the sewer plant, they can expand the one on Highway 59 - that wouldn't cost $20 million."

The transfer will cover attorneys fees and expenses to hire experts and engineers for the case, City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz said in an earlier interview.

The city wants to build the plant on Hand Road, between Ben Jordan and Odem streets. The issue first came up in 2005, when the Willow Street plant operated at 75 percent capacity for three months.

The plant is operating at .91 million gallons per day, less than 50 percent, said Curtis Davis, of the public works department. The plant's maximum capacity is 2.5 million gallons per day.



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