Council OK’s water plan first phase
Clinton city councilmen unanimously approved Phase 1 of a new public-private partnership Tuesday that proponents say will provide the city with plenty of good water within 18 months.
Phase 1 is expected to last 90 to 120 days and will lay the groundwork for follow-on parts of the plan. In a presentation by one of its authors, Business Development Manager Ed Schwab of Severn Trent Services, the cost for Phase 1 was estimated at approximately three-quarters of a million dollars.
Schwab said the city could wait on paying those costs, if it wishes, and roll them into those for Phase 2 which won’t be known until the full plan is developed. No figure has been mentioned for Phase 2, but it’s expected to be in the millions. Schwab and City Manager Steve Hewitt have said the city will be given a firm “not to exceed” cost for Phase 2 before it’s adopted.