Over $2.75 million in System Replacement Funds (SRF) paid by Brookings water and sewer customers has been used for replacement of aging City infrastructure over the last three years, Mayor Ron Hedenskog said today.
“As we begin to look ahead at the 2016-17 budget, it is good to reflect upon what we have accomplished with the SRF funds,” Hedenskog said. “Recently completed evaluations of our water, sewer, storm drain and street systems have identified substantial continuing needs.”
SRFs are collected as a part of the City water and sewer bill. The Current rates for each of the three SRFs (water, sewer, storm drain) range from $2.94 to $4.11 and generate $135,000 to $186,000 annually into each of the three SRF accounts. The combined SRF rate represents $10.81 of the monthly water and sewer bill.
Major SRF-funded street projects completed since 2012 have included the reconstruction of Hassett Street at $513,093, realignment of the Railroad Street and Cove Road intersection at $401,150, landslide repair on Marine Drive and North Bank Chetco River Road at $191,432, street reconstruction and paving on Easy Street at $233,823 and the recently completed slurry seal of various streets throughout town at $193,000.
Most of the SRF-funded sewer work has been at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Projects have included replacement of grit pump snail removal equipment at $23,100, an anaerobic digester valve at $14,446, an aeration blower at $22,002 and the WWTP security gate at $61,037. Over $1.0 million in WWTP equipment replacements are planned for 2016-17, including a bar screen at $217,000, blower at $160,000 and ultraviolet system at $240,000.