Ogdensburg council adds to water treatment plant costs to raise more money later

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 7:19 AM EDT
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OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - Ogdensburg’s city council is tacking on nearly $2 million to its water treatment plant improvement project.

The entire project is expected to cost a little more than $43 million. The additional money approved by the council Monday night is for a waste receiving station at the plant.

City manager Stephen Jellie says it’s not necessary to complete the project, but it could bring Ogdensburg up to $200,000 a year.

“This is a way to increase our revenue stream,” Jellie said. “We know now we’re looking at some sort of increase in sewer rates going forward and finding ways to bring in exterior revenue is going to be key to us keeping the rates down for our city users.”

Jellie says the city has a contingency fund, so it won’t have to borrow more money for the waste receiving station.

Its addition will push the project’s completion date back a couple of months to June 2022.

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