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Board Set to Take Pivotal Vote on North Auburn Sewage Treatment Issues

March 10, 2012

The Placer County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take a pivotal vote Tuesday, March 13 in its deliberations over whether to upgrade the county sewage-treatment plant in North Auburn or participate in construction of a regional treatment system.

At Tuesday’s meeting, board members will weigh at least four potential options:

  • Accepting the city of Lincoln’s offer to build a regional system that would pump wastewater from North Auburn and potentially the city of Auburn by pipeline for treatment at Lincoln’s treatment plant;
  • Awarding a contract for upgrading the existing North Auburn treatment plant to C. Overaa & Co. of Richmond, the lowest bidder who responded to a county request for bids last summer;
  • Negotiating an agreement with PERC Water Corp., a private-sector company that has submitted a proposal to design, construct and potentially operate and finance an upgraded North Auburn plant; and
  • Pursuing a county-led effort to construct a regional treatment system.

The existing treatment plant that serves more than 6,000 North Auburn ratepayers in Sewer Maintenance District 1 was built in 1961. It has been upgraded several times since then, but currently does not meet state sewage discharge standards and is near capacity.

The board has discussed the sewage treatment issues several times over the last year. On Dec. 6, board members directed county staff to continue working on plans for constructing a regional system and to return to the board no later than March 13 with recommendations for a final board decision. In its vote, the board stipulated that upgrading the existing plant would remain a fall-back option in case building the regional system is not feasible.

The county Facility Services Department provided the board with updated information on the various options on Jan. 10 and Feb. 28.

In its report for the March 13 meeting, the department gives board members updated information on each option, including current cost estimates.

Tuesday’s board meeting will take place at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Ave. in Auburn. The North Auburn sewage treatment issues are scheduled for discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m.