City set to vote on the construction of a new water treatment plant
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop opted to pursue the construction of a new water treatment plant at a new location.
The current water treatment plant is over 80 years old and is not up to seismic code. Council’s recommendation would build a new water treatment plant while the current one remains operational to supply the city with water. Proposals include building the new plant at the pond site and skate park property and or at another nearby location. The new plant would cost approximately $54 million and the new structure would service the city for 80 plus years. If the plant is built at the site of the skate park, the projected costs already consider the relocation of the skate park.
Public Works Director Terry Haugen also addressed council about the jurisdictional exchange proposed by ODOT for the Williams Highway construction from New Hope Road to Allenwood Drive. ODOT says the project will cost $4.3 million and they are seeking $710,000 from the City of Grants Pass as well as the exchange which means the city would overtake maintenance of the portion of the highway. Councilors said they would consider the allocation of the funds at their next meeting and would suggest, if an exchange is to take place, the city would maintain Lincoln Road and Fruitdale Drive because they both are traveled primarily by city citizens.