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Village to spend $2.9 million on sewer plant upgrades

The Village of Ellsworth will spend $2.9 million for upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant.

The village board approved the water and sewer committee recommendation for the upgrades and the appropriation Monday.

Village President Gerald DeWolfe said the village has no choice but to spend the money to modernize the aging plant in order to meet new Department of Natural Resources (DNR) guidelines. The cost will be addressed by the quarterly sewer rate, which will now be $10.67 per quarter. The DNR will pick up 30 percent of the cost with a grant.

The board also approved a resolution to apply for a state Transportation Facilities for Economic Assistance (TEA) grant. The grant will provide funds to help pay for street and road work allowing for an expansion of the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.

As part of the resolution, the board approved a relocation order for a change in alignment of the intersection between Hwy. 10-63 (Main Street) and Morse Street. Trustees also approved an agreement with the creamery to keep 79 jobs and create 12 new ones with the expansion project; otherwise, the business is liable to repay the village for its costs improving the street infrastructure making the expansion possible.

For more please read the Oct. 6 print version of the Herald.