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St. Peters to put no-tax-increase bond issue for water, sewers on April ballot

St. Peters voters are being asked to approve an $18 million no-tax-increase bond issue in April to pay for repairing and updating aging portions of the city’s water and sewer system.

“It’s not that exciting but it’s dealing with aging infrastructure that has to be repaired,” said Bill Malach, the city’s water environment service manager. Malach said voter approval will allow the city to address about 20 projects dealing with wells, equipment and sewer lines that date back to the 1970s.

The city’s Board of Aldermen approved placing the bond issue on the ballot at its Jan. 8 meeting. Voter approval by a simple majority will allow the city to use its available bonding capacity without a tax increase, city officials said. The city’s good credit rating would allow the city to borrow money and pay it back.

In addition to making needed repairs, the bond issue would allow the city to prepare for any new federal clean water requirements that may be coming in the future, Malach said.

Among the most pressing projects to be funded are:

• Rehabilitating a trunk sewer line at Brown Road built in the late 1970s that serves half the city.

• Updating a wastewater pump station at Brown Road and replacing a 1970s-era force main.

• Replacing four water wells put in place in the 1970s.

• Replacing drinking water clarifying equipment from the 1980s.

• Making wastewater treatment plant improvements to meet future water quality requirements.

The city’s drinking water comes from the Howard Bend Water Treatment Plant on the Missouri River and underground wells in a well field on the Mississippi River flood plain.

The city said its facilities provide efficient service that helps keep the city’s water and sewer rates among the lowest in St. Charles County.

City officials said residents as of Oct. 1, 2014, paid about $33.30 per month, based on an average residential yearly usage of 64,800 gallons of water.

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