CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION
FEBRUARY 28, 2006
The Livingston City Council held a Workshop on February 28, 2006, in the City Hall Conference Room. Mayor Friesen opened the meeting at 4:32 p.m.
In attendance were Mayor Friesen, Mayor Pro-Tem Vierra and Council Members Soria, Espinoza (late arrival) and Ingram; Planning Commissioners Avila and McFadden; Staff members Warne, Lewis, Creighton, Kenney, Gottiparthy (SNG Associates Consultant), and Allinder (PMC Consultant); Bryan Miller, MuniFinancial; Dave Stringfield, Carollo Engineers; Larry Parlin, Environmental Management Services; and others.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT EXPANSION
The purpose of the Workshop was to discuss funding options and steps needed to accomplish design and construction of the Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) expansion, discuss the details of the expansion project and seek input from property owners, developers, builders and other interested parties.
According to a recent report by Carollo Engineers, the existing WWTP has a capacity of 2.0 MGD, which is adequate to serve the build out of the current City limits. Based on the projected rate of build out of approved projects, the WWTP may reach its capacity by the year 2008. Any additional developments beyond the projects that are already approved by the City will require expansion of the WWTP to 4.0 million gallons per day (MGD) or larger.
In order to ensure timely completion of required expansion in line with the anticipated growth, the following were some of the issues related to the expansion that were considered:
- Whether the City needs to adopt policies to implement allocation of treatment capacity among the approved development and the proposed developments.
- Identify potential funding sources and consider policies for participation by developers in advancing funds for the expansion of the WWTP, or by formation of Community Facility Districts (CFDs) or other financing mechanisms.
- Prioritize steps needed to accomplish preliminary design, CEQA, final design, property acquisition and construction.
Nanda Gottiparthy, City Engineer, introduced the project: The Expansion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant and how to finance it. Mr. Gottiparthy stated the questions that need to be asked are:
1. How do we get there technically?
2. What are the steps involved?
3. What are the financing options and pitfalls?
4. What policy decisions do we need to make?
5. Sewer Allocations – How do we set them up and what are our preferences (commercial vs. residential)?
Dave Stringfield of Carollo Engineers presented the following:
- We need to look to the west of the plant to expand.
- The Regional Water Quality Control Board permit conditions require that we notify them within 4 years of reaching capacity.
- New headworks are needed to get to 4 million gallons a day capacity.
- The City needs a good buffer between the plant and the City.
- The City needs to purchase additional lands for percolation ponds.
- The proposed facilities will serve an additional 42,000 people.
- To be online by 2010 is our target.
Bryan Miller of MuniFinancial presented the following:
- There are two ways to fund: Municipal Revenue Bonds (requires a vote) and State Revolving Funds (not for land purchase).
- We need a mechanism to repay the bonds: Assessment Districts?
The City Engineer concluded by stating the City needs to decide on policies. How do we keep development moving when capacity gets drawn down? Can developers buy sewer units (sewer allocations)? Staff will bring policies to Council while in the design phase of the plant.
City Manager Warne stated we should take the critical path and identify costs at different points in the process. Funding for appraisals, the design, and the EIR needs to be upfront.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:24 p.m.
City Clerk of the City of Livingston
APPROVED: March 21, 2006
Mayor or Mayor ProTempore