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City could give additional funding for sewer project

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 1:47 PM

The Lebanon City Council met in a special called meeting Tuesday where talks ensued of increasing funding for the So.F.teR project.

So.F.teR, which is based in Forli, Italy, is one of the world’s largest independent plastic compounders and will soon have its first U.S. facility in Lebanon.

Tuesday, the council looked at an ordinance that would approve bids for the sewer infrastructure at the So.F.teR site under a grant agreement.

The ordinance also includes a request for the city to increase its funding for the project an additional $75,000 more. The money would come from the city’s water and sewer fund balance.

The city has already committed to contribute $170,000 toward the project and the sewer extension.

The extension would extend a sewer line from the intersection of Quarry Loop Road and Highway 109 to the Kenwal Steel Plant and So.F.teR site.

Based on bids, the total cost for the extension project would be $662,907, with Scott and Ritter Inc., from Bowling Green, Ky., the low bidder.

If approved on final reading at the council’s special called meeting Wednesday, the city would contribute $245,000 total to the sewer extension project.

Commissioner of Public Works Jeff Baines said it would be a good thing for the city.

“I think this would set us up to serve more property in the south, or I wouldn’t recommend it,” Baines said.

Councilor Rob Cesternino questioned the additional funds.

“I’ll support it tonight, but I don’t know if this could be a yes vote for me [Wednesday] until I get a better understanding,” Cesternino said.

The council is set to meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. in a work session regarding employee raises immediately following the special called meeting.

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