Lake Oswego City Council approves additional funds for wastewater treatment plant
The Lake Oswego City Council approved additional funding for staff to continue exploring the feasibility of a new wastewater treatment plant, which would be owned by the city through a public-private partnership (P3).
During the Nov. 17 City Council meeting, the council authorized staff to spend an additional $335,000 in consulting services to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new plant.
The current Tryon Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1965 and needs to either be rebuilt or upgraded to meet regulatory requirements.
In January the council voted by a slim margin to move forward with seeking a public-private partnership for a new plant in the Foothills area, instead of upgrading the current wastewater treatment plant through the city's partnership with Portland. The council also authorized staff to spend $450,000 in consulting services to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the three teams — EPCOR, Foothills Water, LLC and NW Natural. RFPs were released Oct. 16.
Deputy City Manager Anthony Hooper said approving the additional funds acts like a check-in with the council to make sure they want to keep moving forward with the project, and it allows work to continue through mid-April.
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