Saturday, February 7, 2009

City of Shawano seeks to improve sanitary sewer system

DNR Clean Water Fund loan will help finance construction

SHAWANO – The City of Shawano Municipal Utilities has requested approval from the Department of Natural Resources for installation of improvements to the existing sanitary sewer system.

The proposed improvements will include abandonment and removal of the existing River Heights sewage lift station at the intersection of River Heights and Smalley streets, and replacement of the existing Goers sewage lift station near the current site at the intersection of North Ridge Drive and Alpine Drive.

In addition, the existing deteriorated sanitary sewers will be replaced on Wolf River Avenue, Bartlett Street, and Smalley Street between Mill Street and River Heights along with the sewers on River Heights and North Ridge Drive. The estimated construction cost for these proposed improvements is $761,354.

Shawano Municipal Utilities will apply for a low interest loan through the Department of Natural Resources Clean Water Fund program to help finance the construction cost associated with the proposed project. The projected increase in user cost to the average residential customer resulting from implementation of the proposed project has been incorporated into the city’s recently adopted sewer system user rate update.

While this type of action does not normally have significant environmental effects, the department is asking for public comments regarding the impacts of the proposal. Based on the comments received, DNR may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with approval or denial of the proposal. Interested parties are asked to provide written or oral comments to Steve Smith, Bureau of Watershed Management, Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707; or call 608-266-7580 by February 14, 2009.

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