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Sewer upgrades in Seneca County see costs soar (video)

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The cost of major upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant serving Seneca County Sewer District No. 2 has surged to $21 million, nearly $9 million more than projected in 2021. Initially estimated at $12.7 million, the project’s delay has led to increased expenses, raising the annual net cost to a typical property owner from $835 to over $1,000.

At the May 14 Board of Supervisors meeting, the board unanimously voted to schedule a public hearing on the project’s scope and increased costs. The hearing is set for 6 p.m. on May 28 at the County Office Building, 1 DiPronio Drive.

The upgrades, outlined in a report by Wendel Engineering, include improvements to the Five Points Correctional Facility wastewater treatment plant, decommissioning the old Hillside Children’s Center plant, and enhancing district pump stations. The project will be financed through county-issued bonds and potential grants.