City Utilities To Share Plans On Combined Sewer Improvements

By Chris Smurr - 21Alive
By Rachel Martin - 21Alive

City Utilities To Share Plans On Combined Sewer Improvements

July 13, 2014 Updated Jul 13, 2014 at 9:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – This week, City Utilities offers three opportunities for residents to learn more about the unfunded Federal mandates to improve our sewer system.

From Fort Wayne City Utilities:

A formal presentation and public question and answer session is scheduled for Monday July 14 at 6:30p.m. at Northrop High School.

Additionally, Open House events will take place on Tuesday and Thursday of this week. These events offer an opportunity for residents to drop by anytime during the two-hour time span to ask questions of staff members.

During all session residents can learn about the improvements made in the first 6 years of the court ordered Consent Decree, what improvements will take place in the next 5 years and how these mandates will be funded.

The City is under court order to greatly reduce the number of combined sewer overflows going to our rivers, reduce sewage that backs up into homes, and operate and maintain the sewer system through continued repair and rehabilitation.

Formal Presentation and Question & Answer Session:
July 14, 2014 -- 6:30 p.m.
Northrop High School – Bruin Room, enter door #3
7001 Coldwater Road

Informal Open House Opportunities:
Tuesday, July 15 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Waynedale Library
2200 Lower Huntington Road

Thursday, July 17 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Tecumseh Library
1411 E. State Blvd.

City Utilities is a not for profit, municipally-owned, utility that does not receive property tax dollars. Ninety percent of the fees collected by City Utilities over the next five years will go into capital improvement projects -- construction improvements to the sewer system that will help us meet Federal unfunded mandates and avoid fines and further sanctions. The remaining ten percent will go towards operations and maintenance costs.

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