The future of the wastewater treatment plant, the city budget and water and sewer rates are the main topics of discussion as Saline City Council returns to work Monday evening.
At 6 p.m., council will meet for its work meeting. The topic for Monday's meeting is the wastewater treatment plant siting study. Rather than build a very expensive new plant, it appears council is leaning towards a rehabbing and expanding the capacity of its 66-year-old facility using a phased approach. So far, the issue has been discussed in very broad terms. Monday's discussion could begin to sharpen the focus.
The regular meeting begins at 7 p.m.
There will be a public hearing on the 20-21 budget. At last glance, council appeared to be in agreement the budget would include new positions, including a deputy police chief and human resources director. The total millage levy would be set at 17.2294 mills - rolled back slightly from last year's levy due to the Headlee amendment.
Council will also set water and sewer rates.
According to city documents, the average residential user will see their quarterly water and sewer bills rise by $7.51, or 2.8 percent, to about $275 per quarter. That number is expected to rise to $295 per quarter by 2024, according to the city estimates, as the city funds infrastructure improvements.
Discussion items include the Mill Pond Dam, the sidewalk improvement program and an update on the organizational review.