The Wellington City Council met on Wednesday evening to determine whether or not to begin construction on a new water treatment plant. The project has been a topic of discussion for council members for quite some time. Funding and project details have been main concerns during the planning process.
In January, the council accepted a pre-approved water revenue bond in the amount of $2,575,000 to partially fund the construction of a treatment plant. These funds will not be available until a finalized plan is agreed upon by council members. With that in mind, research and details have been underway regarding a new plant.
Although it has been determined that the city needs a new treatment facility, council members do not feel comfortable with any of the plans that have been presented so far.
“There are too many unanswered questions,” council member Glen Wells stated. “I could not support this at this time, but I don’t want to kill the issue.”
Council member Terry Sanslow agreed and suggested that the council table the decision to begin construction of the treatment plant until further information can be gathered.
“The best thing to do at this time is to table it, not decide tonight,” he advised. “I’m in favor of the project, but I see how others have concerns and we need to do what would benefit the city.”
The council voted in favor of tabling the approval of the plant for at least six months. Although a definite decision was not made, Wells reminded residents that the council will still be working on the issue and looking into numbers.
“We need to make sure the bang is worth the buck,” Wells concluded.