City aldermen voted unanimously, May 8, 2012, on a scaled down
first phase of needed projects. ( Item 14 )
Projects include re-engineering the existing sewer plant to increase capacity, upgrading the existing drinking water plant, and other needed projects. These projects are 1A,1B,1D, 2, 4, & from the list in Item 14 that total about $32 million.
After a two year study city of Franklin consultants recently recommended a long-term sewer and drinking water plan that included a new second sewer plant just upstream of the city’s drinking water plant. This plant had been proposed several years ago and was put on hold by former Mayor Scoer to develop a long-term integrated plan. After recent discussions at Board of Mayor and Aldermen work sessions, the option of a second sewer plant has been postponed for the foreseeable future. This very sewer plant has already been designed a bid and was on the city agenda to approve in 2008 before being pulled off. The consultant’s study also concluded that future sewer capacity can be handled with upgrades to the current sewer plant that will provide for growth for at least the next 15 years. Further capacity can also be in the same location in the future versus having a sewer plant UPSTREAM of the city’s drinking water plant.