No matter which engineering firm does an infiltration and inflow study for Seneca County’s two sewer districts, the cost will be the same.
But a months-long dispute over whether to hire Hunt Engineering of Malvern, Pa. or Barton & Loguidice Engineers of Liverpool will likely come to a head Tuesday.
A small delegation of board members from the south end of the county favors Hunt. Others favor Barton & Loguidice. Some have not expressed an opinion either way.
The board will consider a resolution approved by the Public Works Committee on March 26 to hire Hunt Engineers. The cost will be $72,000 for two I & I studies, with $60,000 of that covered by state grants and $12,000 from sewer district funds.
The study is needed as the board debates whether to consolidate the two sewer districts and two wastewater treatment plants in the south end.
In other action, the board is scheduled to vote on a motion authorizing board Chairman Bob Shipley to request the State Legislature to amend the state tax law to allow the county to increase its hotel-motel room occupancy tax rate from 3 to 5 percent, including vacation rentals.
The increased revenue from such an increase, if approved, must be used for tourism promotion and development.
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