Federal Stimulus Could Help Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth asks for Federal help in paying for the Combined Sewer Overflow fix.

The Plattsmouth City Council passed a resolution asking Congress to appropriate $500,000 to assist the city in completing Phase 1 of the CSO Overflow Separation Project.

Phase 1 in 09/10 is projected to cost $2.18 million. The city’s consulting engineers have estimated the cost of all phases—to be completed by 2015—at $7.13 million. That involves construction of separate downtown sanitary sewers in the alley parallel to Main Street (between Main and First Avenue), north to Washington Avenue and south to Chicago Avenue. The sewers would be constructed in three phases over the five years, according to the HDR plan, and be completed in time to meet the EPA deadline for a solution.

The Cassgram reports that City Administrator Erv Portis told the council he’s been working closely with US Senator Ben Nelson’s office in asking for the federal earmark.

Mayor Paul Lambert has followed the application process and said it is possible Plattsmouth can qualify for federal help on the federally mandated CSO repairs. "It’s needed," he said.

If the economic stimulus package passes Congress, Portis said Plattsmouth might look at changing the request.

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