Minutes of the May 7, 2019 - Public Hearing5/7/2019
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TOWN OF WOLCOTT COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING

  

The Council of the Town of Wolcott met Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the advertised time of 6:00pm in the Community Room of the Wolcott Town Hall for a Public Hearing to give residents and taxpayers of the Town of Wolcott the opportunity to make comments or questions regarding the Town?s intent to file a funding application with the USDA Rural Development to seek financial assistance in the form of a low-interest loan and grant considerations for the Town?s Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project. 

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson opened the Public Hearing by asking all present to join in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. 

 

Council Members Present 

Council President Michael J. Johnson, Council Members Fred A. Young, Patrick Powell and Stephen B. Schemerhorn. 

 

Council Members Absent  

Council Members Richard A. Lynn 

 

In attendance were: Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt, Water & Street Supt. Robert G. Thomas and Wastewater & Stormwater Supt. Chad W. Reynolds, Wolcott Town Marshal James M. Herre. Also present were: White County Commissioners John Heimlich, President; White County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Mitchell, Vince Sommers and Sarah Prizo of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., White County Area Plan Executive Director Joe Rogers, K-IRPC Executive Wolcott representative to White County Economic Development Karen Evans, Renee Anker, Dawn Blissett, Darwin Miller, John Ward, Camren Emond, TJ Merida, James Merida, Marilynn Leech, Kasey Coleman,  and Olivia Miller.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson introduced Vince Sommers of Commonwealth Engineers Inc. who stated that the Town of Wolcott plans to file a funding application with the USDA Rural Development to seek financial assistance in the form of a low-interest loan and grant considerations for the Town?s Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project. Mr. Sommers stated that the Town of Wolcott is investigating funding opportunities for its share of the cost for the improvements, including an a grant from Office of Community & Rural Affairs, and White County, who will share in the cost of the project, will be investigating funding opportunities from EDA, REDL, etc.  Mr. Sommers stated that the wastewater treatment plant improvements project will benefit the resident and taxpayers of the Town of Wolcott and will be the best option to service the Mid America Commerce Park.  

 

Sarah Prizo of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc. gave a brief explanation of the current status of the Wolcott wastewater treatment plan and explained the needed upgrades to the plant to treat an anticipated 400,000 gallons per day. Ms. Prizo stated that the plant current can treat 200,000 gallons per day; the wastewater improvement planning report is based on the existing plant and the current flow and demands and on future population growth in the community and the needed service to the Mid America Commerce Park.

 

Vince Sommers stated that the cost of this wastewater project is an estimated $7.3 million, which is proposed to be funded by White County in the amount of $5.3 million and Town of Wolcott in the amount of $3.37 million. The funds will include local shares from both entities, grants and no- or low-interest loans.

 

Mr. Sommers presented the timetable of the project and the USDA Rural Development loan/grant applications.

 

Council President Michael J. Johnson opened the floor to the audience for questions and comments. Business owner Renee Anker asked how this project cost is going to affect the town?s consumers. Clerk-Treasurer Linda S. Bajzatt stated that the Town of Wolcott had established an ordinance last year for wastewater rate increments, beginning January 2019, and two more increments effective June 2019 and January 2020. Mr. Sommers stated that a rate study will be performed to determine if the current wastewater rates and increments will be impacted by the project, but does not anticipate an impact.

 

 

Vince Sommers stated that the cost of the project is an estimate only; he further stated that after the design is submitted, costs and bids are refined and adjusted to the actual costs.

 

There being no other comments or questions, the Public Hearing was closed.

 

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