HOBART — City officials are pursuing a bond issue to fund a variety of sanitary sewer and stormwater projects with a total estimated cost of $14.5 million.
City Engineer Phil Gralik said the project list includes replacing the Third Street bridge over Lake George, upgrades to the city's main sanitary sewer lift station, installing storm sewers to alleviate flooding on the city's north side and installing a gravity sewer.
Gralik said several of the projects, including the Third Street bridge work, could be completed this construction season, and all of them would be finished within three years.
The Third Street bridge replacement will address water restriction issues to reduce flood elevations at Lake George.
Gralik said the main lift station is about 30 years old and reaching the end of its useful life. Failure at the lift station would be “catastrophic,” which is why it’s necessary to upgrade the station with new equipment, he said.
Work to install the gravity sewer would eliminate the need for another of Hobart’s lift stations.
The bond requires approval from the Sanitary/Stormwater District Board and the City Council. A joint work session involving those panels and other city officials will take place Wednesday to continue discussing the bond proposal.
City Attorney Anthony DeBonis said the bond won’t require increases in current sanitary and stormwater rates to pay off the debt.
The city could close on the bond in July, he said.