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Stites: $750,000 for new sewer lines, fix infiltration Effort to decrease flow transferred for treatment

STITES – Voters in Stites will be determining approval of issuing $750,000 in sewer revenue bonds in next Tuesday’s May 20 primary election.

If approved by a two-thirds majority of the qualified electors voting, funds would be part of a $1,449,093.60 proposed wastewater distribution renovation project. Stites as of Monday, May 12, has 83 registered voters.

City Clerk Karen Braun explained the project is to address infiltration issues by replacing the main sewer line, manhole covers, and the laterals running from homes to the main. Poor manhole seals and deteriorating lines are allowing infiltration into the sewage main, and what this means for the city is paying to treat water it doesn’t need to.

Since 2005, Stites has been tied into the Kooskia wastewater treatment system, which treats its neighbor’s effluent fed to it by an approximate three-mile line.

“We pay by the gallon,” Braun said, “and this is something that really needs to be taken care of. And there’s no other way the City of Stites is able to afford this.”

Stites’ wastewater project depends on not only voters approving this bond, but as well the city receiving grant funding from USDA Rural Development and Idaho Department of Commerce. If all funding is approved, the city could tentatively start the project in 2016.

What bond approval would mean for city residents is a $3 monthly increase in water rates; from currently $51 to $54. Braun said this increase would be enacted at an as-yet undetermined date following bond approval.

Questions on the bond election or the project: Call city hall, 926-7121.


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