Hampton Twp Inks Sewer Deal With Bay County 6-18-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Hampton Twp Inks Sewer Deal With Bay County 6-18-2010

Officials in Hampton Township are celebrating a new wastewater treatment plant.
The township is leaving the Bay City water treatment system and joining with Bay County to create their own plant.
The $30 million project is already under way and will be completed by October.
When Hampton Township received service from Bay City, residents were never told what their water rates would be and didn’t have any input on maintenance costs.
“This is a bonus for the residents, we hope the rates will remain the same, and we hope possibly they’ll be a little bit lower,” said Hampton Township Supervisor Terry Spegel. “This is a great project.”

Spegel said Hampton Township will pay for the project with a loan from the USGA World Development for $13 million and a $4.7 million grant.
Spegel said dozens of workers would be hired for the project, which should last eight months.
“Today, Essexville and Hampton are making history,” said Spegel. The new treatment facility has been in the planning stages for two years, but its construction means Bay City will be out million of dollars.
In 2005, Hampton Township leaders sent a five-year notice to the Bay City that its residents would no longer use Bay City's wastewater because of the high rates.
City staff members have been negotiating with township representatives ever since, trying to strike a sewer agreement deal.
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