HOBART | The first phase of a long-term sanitary sewer project in Hobart could begin next year.
Butler, Fairman and Seufert and Greeley and Hansen recently presented a report to the City Council and other Hobart panels about future sanitary sewer work.
As part of the report, 8,500 acres were studied to determine options to accomplish multiple goals, including expanding the city's sanitary sewer system and maximizing the use of gravity flow.
Sewer work will occur in different phases over 20 years.
There were three alternatives developed for the first phase of the sewer project, which will occur near 61st Avenue.
During the first phase, there will be a regional lift station at Wisconsin Street and 61st Avenue. A new sanitary sewer line would be installed along 61st Avenue and travel under Ind. 51, according to the report.
Providing sewer service to areas where it doesn't currently exist on 61st Avenue could encourage future development in that area.
Councilman David Vinzant said he would have preferred to see the sewer line go into Deep River Estates because of failing septic systems there.
The first phase is estimated to cost about $2.8 million. Hobart would finance the project with a tax increment financing district bond, Mayor Brian Snedecor said.
Snedecor said the bond would not result in additional costs to taxpayers, and it would not affect the city's bonding capability.
The sewer project would occur during the third and final phase of road improvements to 61st Avenue. The road project is expected to begin next year.
During the road improvements, 61st Avenue would be reconstructed and widened from Arizona Street to Ind. 51. Estimated cost of the third phase is $13.9 million.