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Ashland City Town Council approves bid for wastewater treatment plan, removing after-hour water reconnections





Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

The Ashland City Town Council approved 5-1 a bid from site developers Reeves-Young, LLC for a new wastewater treatment plant and voted to end after-hour water reconnections during its regular January meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

According to Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. Senior Project Manager Ricky Oakley, the bid was approved for $30,745,000. The original estimated cost was $17 million, but that estimate was made approximately six years ago.

The plant is being funded from a grant and loan from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development, American Rescue Plan Act funds, and local funding. Construction is set to begin this spring and finish by fall of 2025.

Oakley said the existing plant can treat 800,000 gallons of water per day, but the new one will be able to treat 2 million gallons of water per day and meet stricter permit standards, as well as have room for future expansion. A new sewer pumping station will be constructed at the existing plant and pump the wastewater to the new plant approximately one mile away.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

“This is a good project that will serve the city for many years to come. It has been set up to be expandable and meet the city’s needs for many years and will serve the city well even with tremendous growth anticipated,” Oakley said.

The town council also voted unanimously on second reading to end after-hour water reconnections, meaning those whose water service has been disconnected will only be able to get their service restored between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mayor JT Smith said this new policy is to protect town employees.

“I don’t want my employees going out in the dark to do reconnects. This was a safety concern,” he said.

The Ashland City Town Council meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

Rendering of the proposed Ashland City Wastewater Treatment Plant.PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC.

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