As documented by O’Fallon city staff, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources notified the city in 2016 that ammonia limits at its wastewater treatment plant must be reduced within a five-year timeframe. This was not optional.
In response, the city designed and is currently constructing a wastewater treatment plant expansion project. In addition to plant upgrades, improvements are needed to wells 3 and 4.
To fund the cost of these projects, Mayor Bill Hennessy sponsored Bill No. 7253 to authorize special obligation bonds for a total of $5,195,000.
Additionally, Bill No. 7254, sponsored by Hennessy, proposes to authorize taxable special obligation refunding bonds to refund the special obligation bonds at a cost saving to the city. Those 2012 bonds originally were issued to refund 2001 plant projects.
At the Oct. 8 council meeting, Bills 7253 and 7254 were given a first reading. Vote for passage is expected to occur at the Oct. 22 council meeting.
In addition, Resolution 10-08-2020A was passed by a vote of 10-0, to authorize the sale of those bond series as soon as the council approves the two bills in a subsequent meeting. Passage of the resolution enables city staff to proceed with protocol items required prior to bonds being offered for bid.