City Utilities to discuss next steps in reducing sewer overflows and funding federal mandates

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News release from Fort Wayne City Utilities:

Upcoming Public Meetings: City Utilities to Discuss Next Steps in Reducing Sewer Overflows and Funding Federal Mandates

(June 27, 2014) – Fort Wayne City Utilities begins a series of informational meetings next week to update residents on the Federally mandated sewer improvement progress, discuss what will happen in the next 5 years and to share funding and rate information for those projects.

The City is under court order to greatly reduce the number of combined sewer overflows going to our rivers, reduce sewage that backs-up into homes, and operate and maintain the sewer system through continued repair and rehabilitation.

City Utilities will introduce an ordinance to the City Council next month, for a series of rate increases to support the next phase of sewer improvements.

Three public meetings will take place, beginning next week, to discuss the plans with residents.

June 30, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Omni Room in the basement of Citizens Square
200 East Berry Street (parking in lot north of the building)

July 2, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
McMillen Park Community Center
3900 Abbott Street (parking near entrance)

July 14, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
Northrop High School – Bruin Room, enter door #3
7001 Coldwater Road

City Utilities is a not for profit, municipally-owned, utility that does not receive property tax dollars. Ninety percent of the fees collected by City Utilities over the next five years will go into capital improvement projects — construction improvements to the sewer system that will help us meet Federal unfunded mandates and avoid fines and further sanctions. The remaining ten percent will go towards operations and maintenance costs.

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