RESCHEDULED – Public Notice – City of Cody – CWSRF Application – Cody Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade and Expansion, Phase 2

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RESCHEDULED – Public Notice – City of Cody – CWSRF Application – Cody Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade and Expansion, Phase 2

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The City of Cody, Wyoming, will conduct a public meeting at 7:00 p.m., local time, on March 6, 2018, in the City Council Chambers. The purpose of the meeting is to allow citizens to review and comment on the following project: Cody Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade and Expansion – Phase 2. The City of Cody intends to enhance the existing lagoon system with a new aerated cell.  Other work includes waste sludge pumping, UV disinfection, effluent irrigation, and biosolids decant return pumping to the influent stream.  The purpose of this project is to upgrade the wastewater treatment equipment, increase treatment efficiencies, plan for potential future nutrient requirements, reduce power consumption, and improve means to handle biosolids.  Existing facilities will be upgraded and incorporated into a new operating process.  All work will occur on City of Cody property.

At the meeting, the City of Cody will present the preliminary design of the proposed project and will discuss the estimated cost of the improvements and the plan for funding the improvements. A preliminary plan of improvements, cost estimates, and the funding plan can also be reviewed at City of Cody, City Hall, Public Works Offices at 1338 Rumsey Avenue, Cody, Wyoming. Contact Public Works Director, Stephen Payne, PE at (307) 527-3381.

The project was previously discussed at a November 7, 2017 Public Hearing, but the funding breakdowns have changed. The City of Cody had anticipated a grant of $1,300,000, but received $650,000. Based on current cost estimates, the City of Cody plans to borrow $2,167,600  from the Wyoming Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) administered by the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments.  It is anticipated that up to 75% of the overall CWSRF principal ($1,625,250) would have loan terms of 0% interest for 20 years.  The remaining 25% of the loan principal may be considered for forgiveness. With or without principal forgiveness, the repayment of this loan is not anticipated to affect current sewer rates.  The proposed loan will be blended with the aforementioned Mineral Royalty Grant, along with City reserve funds to complete funding for the project.  Current Wastewater user fees, coupled with existing reserves of cash and investments, are sufficient to repay the proposed loan.  The City raised the sewer base for a ¾” meter from $7.02 to $10.14, effective July 1, 2013.  

Written comments are also welcome. Please send written comments to City of Cody, Attn: Steve Payne, PE, PO Drawer 2200, Cody, WY by  5:00 pm on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Published: February 20, 2018