Martin sewage treatment project enters home stretch

Aaron K. Nelson anelson@civitasmedia.com

March 27, 2014

MARTIN — A nearly year-long project is finally wrapping up, as the Martin City Council voted on Tuesday to authorize Mayor Sam Howell to close out a deal with Summit Engineering for the town’s new wastewater treatment plant.

The plant’s primary goal was to prevent flooding from being an issue, while also bringing the city of Martin back into compliance with the Kentucky Division of water, and to eliminate the unpleasant smell of the previous solution.

The latest measure the city passed would permit Howell to make the final payment to Summit Engineering, to tidy up loose ends and allow contractors to finish their work.

Estimates on the actual cost of this final payment are between $60,000 and $80,000. A large portion of that would go to the new aeration system and finishing the plant’s junction boxes.

The plant was originally funded by a $1.5 million grant from FEMA.