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City’s engineers attempt to clear up questions on wastewater project

The city of Glencoe’s Finance and Strategic Planning delved more deeply into its proposed $21 million wastewater treatment improvement proposals Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28.
John Rodeberg, an engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., tried to answer some of the issues that he felt surrounded the City Council’s lack of a decision to raise wastewater service rates at its Feb. 20 meeting. SEH had proposed a new rate schedule to make sure that it was raising enough revenue to pay for the non-grant portion of the project, as well as start building reserves for future maintenance.
Rodeberg said Wednesday afternoon that one of the concerns is that the project’s estimated cost “keeps moving around.”
He said the original estimated cost was $20 million, and right now, the estimate is right around $21 million.
“The question is, why does that number move around?” said Rodeberg. “Well, every time we meet, there’s a change in the needs.”
At the beginning of the project, Rodeberg said, the engineering firm took a broad view of the needs. “We don’t look at individual things in great detail at that point,” said Rodeberg.
As the plans progress, firmer numbers are assigned to costs. He also noted that while $1 million is a lot, “the difference between $20 million and $21 million is 5 percent, and that’s not a huge range.”
For more about the proposed project, see the March 7 print edition of The Chronicle.