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GI City Council to consider replacing CNRA sewer system

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:53 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The city of Grand Island is sitting on about $10 millions worth of CARES Act and American Rescue Plan money. For a while it was unclear what they would use it on, but Public Works Director John Collins held a presentation for the city council Tuesday night to discuss replacing the sewer system for the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

Collins said this has needed to be done for a while now and should be considered now with the all of the federal COVID relief money. It’s important and would benefit not only the airport, but the surrounding businesses as well

“This is the water you’re getting rid of,” Collins said. “If you flush, turn on your faucet or anything going down the drain. In the case here. There is businesses with industrial strength wastewater they’re pumping out.”

The city wasn’t hit too hard as far as income goes during the pandemic, so the money is able to be used for any project the city decides on.

The current sewer system by the airport went in back during the WWII era and while it has been worked on a few times since then, it’s been needing to be replaced for years now and the city finally has the money.

“The total cost of the project is about $7.58 million is the most recent estimate,” Collins said. “The problem is right now due to the COVID response, all the supply chain disruptions and lock downs and everything, material costs are going up. I’ve had some costs triple.”

He said if we wait any longer, those prices will just continue to go up.

He will be at the next county board meeting in two weeks to talk with them about splitting the cost with the city.

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