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City OKs expansion of sewage treatment plant

Morris approves a $2 million bid for expansion

MORRIS – Expansion to the East Side Sewage Treatment Plant will move forward after the Morris City Council agreed Tuesday to spend about $2 million on the project.

The council unanimously approved a bid for $2.05 million from Leander Construction from Canton, which was the lowest of the nine bidders.

Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said the expansion will allow the plant to treat more water and was necessary because of the Costco Meat Processing expansion north of Interstate 80.

“With the expansion, we will see an increase in the amount of sewage we can treat a day,” Kopczick said. “Even though our permit will not go up past the 900,000 gallons we can treat now, the expansion would allow us to treat about 1.2 million gallons a day.”

Kopczick said it’s also part of the city’s long-term control plan project, which is required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

He said the expansion also will help accommodate construction at the Brisbin Road interchange as companies look to invest in locating to the Morris annexed portion of the interchange.

Costco is building a 256,000-square-foot meat processing plant, anticipated to employ up to 155 people upon final buildout, at a cost of about $120 million.

Much of the debate since Costco first proposed the expansion in 2013 was in regard to water and sewer treatment policy, City Attorney Scott Belt said.

According to the city’s Water and Sewer Infrastructure Development Policy, which requires a per-acre fee, Costco will pay the City of Morris a $856,940.74 water and sewer fee that will go toward the improvements approved Tuesday.

Costco also will pay Morris front-footage fees in the amount of $74,893 for sewer and $59,912 for water.

Because of the amount of fats, oil and grease in the expected 250,000 gallons of water Costco is projected to use in a day, the parties agreed on discharge limits on various types of waste, so as to not overwhelm the city’s sewage treatment system, which is being improved.

The council also unanimously approved buying materials for a watermain project at the Potable Treatment Plant in the amount of $13,564.

Labor will be performed by city crews.

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