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Seneca County approves additional borrowing for sewer upgrades: Project costs have risen by 65% since 2021

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Seneca County will borrow more money to upgrade Sewer District No. 2, as project costs have increased significantly. Initially approved for $12.7 million in 2021, the upgrades will now require $21 million due to rising costs.

At its June 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors approved an additional $8.2 million in bonding. Wendell Engineers’ recent inspection highlighted the urgency of the repairs. The county has also applied for state grants to help reduce the cost burden on district users. If grants are received, annual costs for users could drop from $835 to $472.

The project includes improvements to the wastewater treatment plant at Five Points Correctional Facility, decommissioning the Hillside treatment plant, upgrading pump stations, and installing new equipment.