Charleston City Council to Vote Loan Agreement for Wastewater Treatment Plant Project | Government and Politics
He also said he expects the project to take place within the next two or three years. The timeline would align with the project design readiness studies currently underway, he said.
Buescher said the IEPA should notify the city within a year of its eligibility for loan funds, at which time the city could make a decision on how to proceed.
The loan application would be subject to what is commonly referred to as a “back door” referendum.
The issue would not automatically go to a referendum, but would go on the ballot if a petition with at least 10% of the votes cast in Charleston is filed with the city.
The deadline for the petition would be 30 days after the publication of a legal opinion in a newspaper, which must take place within 10 days of the council vote.
Buescher said he has studied the city’s water and sewer revenue projections for the next 10 years and that a “very conservative” outlook shows no further rate increases needed for the water station project. purification.
The council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 520 Jackson Ave., but with limited public participation due to the coronavirus pandemic.