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Sewage Treatment Plant Finances Flawed And Out Of control

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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:51 pm

The actual project costs are much higher than the already-excessive costs estimated by the City. Before the considerations below are accounted for, the cost to the City will be in excess of $2.3 million over-and-above the cost of directly purchasing water. What has still to be accounted for are:

The cost of a full Environmental Impact Review. The City is in denial that a project of this magnitude on seismically sensitive land will require a full EIR.

The cost of building a service road and parking. The City hasn’t even considered where these will be located, let alone what it will cost.

The cost of building a partially submerged structure to house the sewage treatment plant on dredged material fill just three feet above mean sea level. Tide fluctuations and sea level increases over the next 30 years will swamp the plant. If you doubt that, just have a look at the construction site at 910 County Club where the basement has become a swimming pool.

The cost of decommissioning the sewage treatment plant after its useful life. With the rapid change in sewage treatment technology, the old contaminated equipment will need to be removed from the site after it’s useful lifetime.

The cost of litigation from neighbors whose properties will be devalued by the odor and the view obstruction caused by the sewage treatment plant.

The $4 million (!?) the City spent redirecting to Coronado sewage coming out of the Naval Silver Strand Training Complex South. Yes, that’s right. The City actually filed a costly lawsuit against Imperial Beach to have access to the SSTC-S sewage which was being connected to Imperial Beach’s treatment plant. This was done in order “to improve the viability of the recycled water plant,” according to City Manager Blair King.

The costs and spending on this project are out of control. It is time for the City Council to reverse course, stop wasting our tax dollars and wrecking our City’s credit rating.

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