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Quincy residents voice concerns about proposed wastewater treatment project

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The city of Quincy says higher sewer bills are inevitable.

City officials held a public meeting Thursday morning to lay out a proposed $59 million plan to meet EPA guidelines.

But, the plan didn't sit well with a number of residents who turned out for the meeting.

Quincy resident Steve Kennedy dealt with flooding in his basement after heavy rains caused a back up into homes in the Curtis Creek neighborhood last spring.

That's why Kennedy came to Thursday morning's wastewater meeting.

"A major reason I came here was to make sure this would help us in our area and come to find out this doesn't help us a bit," said Kennedy.

But, the current proposal would not immediately address Kennedy's problem.

Instead, it focuses on keeping wastewater out of the river.

"It needs to be done to comply with the Clean Water Act regulations and so the city of Quincy does not discharge excess combined sewage to the river in times of high flow when our collection system is completely charged," said Quincy Director of Utilities David Kent.

Kent says the EPA regulations call for the city to build 9 new box culverts at a cost of $59 million  to hold wastewater until it can be treated.

Estimates show the project could take 10 years to complete.

To pay for it, the average family's annual water-sewer bill would increase from the current $128 to $575.

Kennedy says he doesn't think the project is worth it.

"For what we're going to get out of it is very little. The EPA can change from year to year on what they want on regulations, so we have to watch that also," said Kennedy.

For Kennedy, the bottom line is, he wants the problems fixed in the neighborhoods first.

"If we're going to stick that kind of money into it we need something that is going to take care of our back flows and our basements," said Kennedy.

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