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It's official. Every time residents of Danbury, Connecticut, flush, they will be sending their special deliveries to the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant.
Spokane County suspended late fees and penalties for sewer bills until the end of the year to offer relief to homeowners and businesses facing financial hardship from the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 400 relics sit beneath Spokane’s surface. But don’t go digging for them.
The antibacterial soaps and bleach that people are using to sanitize themselves and their homes may be killing the bugs that are needed to treat sewage at the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District, officials say. There’s no imminent threat to river health, but it’s a strange wrinkle to public health as residents do their part to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Spokane County is suspending late fees, penalties or interest on unpaid charges on unpaid sewer and solid waste bills until the end of May to give relief to those facing financial hardship from closures caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dale Arnold, who served as the wastewater director under Mayor Mary Verner and supported a more expensive plan to reduce pollutants in the Spokane River, said the new regime at City Hall has an opportunity to push for more necessary clean-up. A multimillion dollar project, the largest infrastructure investment in the city’s history, is expected to finish this year when the last tank designed to trap stormwater and sewer runoff becomes operational downtown.
Spokane City Councilwoman Candace Mumm asked that the measure be delayed until February to give delinquent payers another chance to settle with City Hall. Meanwhile, one of the largest outstanding debts is entangled in a lawsuit alleging unlawful water charges on the West Plains.
A number of factors led to the city requesting an additional $2 million to complete the project, including engineering difficulties as well as higher-than-projected costs for the public plaza on the street level. The tank near the downtown Spokane Library is now expected to cost $33 million, a bill that will be paid off by the users of the city’s utilities.
The plaza and these other riverfront projects are part of a thoroughgoing revitalization of the relationship between the city center and the Spokane River.
When the new plaza across Spokane Falls Boulevard from the downtown library opens today, it will be lauded as a new gathering place for the people of Spokane. But it also marks the near-completion of the Spokane Gorge Loop trail.
The economic forces of construction and development that drive many North Idaho communities has come to a halt in Spirit Lake because of a basic public service: the sewers.
Workers installing sewer lines across a southern Indiana farm unearthed the fossilized bones of a mastodon that likely stood about 9 feet tall.
It’s unclear to the city and the construction firm behind the work why pipes are sagging beneath the streets of the historic neighborhood, but it’s likely crews will need to dig to fix it this spring.
Cities across Idaho are closely watching a lawsuit that seeks refunds of millions of dollars in sewer connection fees paid to the city of Hayden by everyone who built a new home there.
Wally Forbush, 56, is a tower crane operator, and if you’ve been downtown in the last month, you’ve probably seen him at work.
A study expected to be finished by the end of the year will explore the possibility of incinerating the solid material left over at the city’s waste water treatment plant at the Waste-to-Energy facility on the West Plains. The material had been used as fertilizer on area farms, but concerns have sprouted about harmful chemicals in the sludge seeping into the water table.
While the tots’ attention was focused on the magnetic toy and Ribby the Redband trout, the city is moving toward the finish line on its massive stormwater tank project that began more than a decade ago.
The city of Pocatello could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in excess fees following a recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling.
The increase would cost the average Spokane household an extra $3.47 per month in service charges for water, sewer and garbage collection. It would continue an annual rate increase tied to inflation proposed by Mayor David Condon and expand a rebate program for the elderly and disabled military veterans.
Filing week for candidates seeking many local offices this year starts Monday morning and ends Friday afternoon.