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Holts Summit finalizes plans for sewage treatment, annexation

The Holts Summit Board of Alderman took final action on two priority issues at its meeting Monday night.

The board passed an ordinance which allows Holts Summit sewer lines to hook up to those of Jefferson City. Board members were given two options: attach lines to Jefferson City or build a new sewer plant.

Thomas Durham, Ward II alderman, said the decision made sense financially. Connecting to Jefferson City lines will cost an estimated $1.2 million, according to Brian Crane, Holts Summit city administrator. The estimated cost for a new plant in Holts Summit was $4.5 million.

“I think it’s in the best interest in the community,” Durham said. “Right now it’s the best deal not just for the city, but the entire area.”

Homes west of U.S. Highway 54 in Holts Summit currently utilize Jefferson City’s plant, while Holts Summit treats its eastern portion, Crane said in November when he presented the two options to the board.

He added a large concern was building a new plant to fit tighter regulations from the Department of Natural Resources. Because the Jefferson City plant is already abiding by those rules, he said, it made the most sense to hook onto what already exists.

Crane said a new pump station may go into the area where Holts Summit’s old sewer plant sits. He also said the plant will be evaluated for reuse.

The board also approved an ordinance that finalizes the annexation agreement with Jefferson City. Last month, the Jefferson City Council approved an ordinance that “establishes a border outside the the limits of both cities that neither will cross.”

As one of its final actions of the night, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen introduced a resolution that shows the city’s approval and support of proposed improvements to the Fulton State Hospital.

Durham said the resolution has no outline, but rather is a document that states the importance of updating the state hospital.

“We don’t care how it’s done as long as it’s done,” Durham said.

Crane said an updated state hospital would benefit the entire county.

“We know it’s needed,” Crane said.

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