On Thursday, March 15 Mayor Ronnie Rogers signed the contract to begin construction on the new Washington Street Water Treatment Plant. Chief of Health Systems Protection Thom May, from Delaware Health and Social Services, presented a check to Mayor Rogers for $4,000,000 from the Delaware Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to provide funding for the project set for early Fall.
“We are glad to be able to support the City of Milford,” commented Mr. May. “We have been able to provide a lot of infrastructure funding for smaller communities like Milford.”
Residents of Milford voted in a special election in November 2011 to provide the City of Milford public approval to move forward with a borrowing for the construction of a new Water Treatment Plant located on Washington Street. The results of the Special Election held were 139 for the proposed borrowing, 8 against the proposed borrowing.
This vote of public approval allowed the City of Milford to move forward on the Washington Street Water Plant Project and to take advantage of the $4,000,000 Loan and Grant package from the State’s Office of Drinking Water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The terms of the financing are $4,000,000 loan with 35% principal forgiveness. The loan is broken down to a $2.6 million loan and $1.4 million grant. The loan will be issued at a rate of 1% for a 20 year term.
“The water treatment plant is an integral part of our system and it is worn out,” commented City Manager Richard Carmean. “This project is coming at a great time for the city. This is a 50 to 75 year project that will be here for a while.”
The primary focus of the project will be rebuilding the water plant but the project will also include the demolition of the offices located in front of the water plant to meet production needs for the City. The City of Milford expects to move the billing staff back downtown in this location to increase accessibility to residents.
During construction, most of the work will be on the site of the current water plant and parking lot and while there will be some traffic delays, City officials state that they should be minor. The water main will be replaced along Washington Street connecting the Water Plant with the Well and Tower site that is one block to the south. Traffic will be impacted when that portion of the project is under construction.
Upon completion, residents should expect to see a new building that will house the City’s billing office and compliment the work downtown, the Riverwalk and the library. Most of the water plant improvements will not be visible with the exception of some of the buildings and site work. City officials hope to have the design work and start the construction this Fall with an expected completion date at the end of next year.