The Terre Haute City Council will meet Thursday night to consider a request from the city for an increase to the sanitation budget.
The sanitation department is requesting a $70 million bond to finance the changes needed to meet federal mandates through the Clean Water Act.
Assistant City Engineer Larry Robbins says part of the mandate includes limiting the number of times sewage overflows into the Wabash River after heavy rainfall.
“The Clean Water Act dictates how many times that you would able to do that,” Robbins says, “and the plan is to try to eliminate that as best we can.”
The city is currently on phase two of a five-phase plan to meet requirements, and already approaching the previously-established $120 million budget.
Robbins says the project will cost more than initially thought because contaminated soil was found at one of the construction locations, and the sanitation department didn’t account for inflation in the original budget proposal in 2011.
Robbins and the city attorney first requested the bond at a meeting last week. The city council decided to table any discussion on the subject until this week’s meeting, so they could have time to better understand the issue.
The council will vote on the 2018 budget, including the $70 million bond, in November.