Holts Summit to assess sewage treatment options

— The Holt Summit Board of Aldermen is assessing how it would like to move forward with sewage treatment. The city has two options: connect its sewer treatment with Jefferson City’s or build a new treatment facility in Holts Summit.

The board discussed two bills in regards to sewage treatment at its meeting on Tuesday.

Jefferson City treats homes west of U.S. Highway 54 and Holts Summit cannot treat east of that, which is sent to the Holts Summit treatment plant, according to city administrator Bill Crane.

“Our treatment plant is about 30 to 40 years old so it’s time for us to either replace that and treat 100 percent of our sewer or connect 100 percent of our city to Jefferson City,” Crane said.

Crane estimated connected Holts Summit to Jefferson City would cost about $4 million and a new plant would cost $7 million. The current sewage rate for an average user, according to Crane, is $41.51 per month currently. If Holts Summit connects to Jefferson City that rate would be an estimated $46, and if Holts Summit builds a new plant the rate would be an estimated $58.50.

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