The city says that's not right -- the plant should be tripled.
"The city of Gray, without this plant, cannot grow to its potential, because we're all pretty much tapped out now," he said. "It's not because our council has not had this idea in the forefront. The paperwork goes back to 2007."
But the city began planning the plant about the time the economy soured and growth slowed.
Dorman said the city should build a 1.2 million-gallons-per-day plant for about
The current facility can handle about 400,000 gallons. It would be almost entirely replaced, rather than added on to.
Dorman said the
Dorman said the city's engineers think the doubling would take place in just 14 years, while the city's demand would triple in 20 years.
But the latest
Dorman said a decision on how to move ahead with the sewage plant will likely be made in the next two months.
The city is weighing options, which are centered on funding. The
And if a salary survey being conducted now by the
The city is also looking at state loans. Sewer rates and money from a special purpose local option sales tax will round out the payment needs, Dorman said.
Even with a larger plant, the city doesn't expect to extend sewer service to much more of the unincorporated area.
"The city of Gray cannot grow without a bigger wastewater treatment plant," Dorman said. "We entertained county growth, but right now we can't really entertain anything."
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