The Missouri Department of Natural Resources previously notified O’Fallon in 2016 that ammonia limits at its wastewater treatment plant must be reduced within a five-year timeframe.
In response to the mandate, the city designed and is currently constructing a wastewater treatment plant expansion project. In addition to plant upgrades, needed improvements to wells 3 and 4 were also cited as part of the project.
To fund the cost of these projects, Mayor Bill Hennessy sponsored Bill No. 7253, authorizing special obligation bonds for a total of $5,195,000. At the City Council meeting on Oct. 22, the bill was approved by a vote of 10-0.
Additionally, Bill No. 7254 authorizes 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. That bill also was approved Oct. 22 by a vote of 10-0.