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Tue., March 26, 2013, 4:50 p.m.

Huckleberries Hears …

... That the city of Coeur d'Alene is going ahead with a bond election for wastewater treatment plant expansion, rather than risk losing EPA funding for the $33 million project. An insider tells Huckleberries that city staff has been working on ballot language since Councilman Steve Adams flipflopped and threatened to appeal the judicial confirmation process the city was using to move ahead with the project. The insider told Huckleberries that the city is confident that the judge will approve the federally mandated project as a necessary expense. But city officials don't want to take the chance that it would lose federal funding and loans if Adams' appeal dragged out for a year, as expected. The insider said: ".  Obviously the risk is that the people could say no and that leaves us with a mess." The city could face federal fines of $37,500 per day/$1 million per month, if residents oppose the bond election -- and a possible sewer hookup moratorium, which would shut down the local construction industry. The city has budgeted about $75,000 for the election. The City Council will discuss the authorization to proceed with the special sewer bond election at a special meeting at noon Thursday. If approved, the bond election will be held on the same day as the school/hospital elections, May 21. See agenda.

Question: Do you think the RecallCDA activists from 2012 might be called upon to collect signatures near the polls for Councilman Steve Adams' possible recall? Oh wait ...

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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