Quincy residents voice concerns on proposed sewer system plan

This meeting gave residents the opportunity to voice their concerns.

A plan to overhaul Quincy's sewer system comes with a big price tag.

A public meeting held Monday gave residents a change to review the $60 million plan.

This proposed sewer plan has some Quincy residents concerned.

A big concern: the price tag.

One concerned resident at the meeting was Anne St. John.

"Actually I thought it was rather frightening, the cost," St. John said.

When the city has heavy rainfall, sewage and rain water will sometimes let out into the river.

With this proposed plan, box culverts would be built to store wastewater until it can be treated.

City officials like David Kent, Director of Utilities say this is a smart option for the city.

"It reduces the total volume of untreated sewage that goes back into the Mississippi river. Right we're only treating about sixty percent of the materials, the rest is being diverted back into the Mississippi river, this will cut that down to a fifteen percent volume rate," Kent said.

"Sixty million dollars was quoted, that's a lot of money. A lot of people in this area who would be affected by this are senior citizens who are on limited income. Also there are a number of people in the area who do not make more than minimum wage," St. John said.

If this plan were to go through, it would drastically reduce the amount of untreated water that is dumped into the Mississippi.

The city is required to comply with guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

For St. John, she didn't see a lot positives with the proposed plan.

"I think the whole thing is rather frightening, and the thing that bothered me the most was that actually we are mandated to do this. This is something the EPA can come back sue us if we don't do it, they can make us do it," St. John said.

"The next step, of course we are holding out for the agency to review the total long term control plan, as our presenter indicated, it's taken us a number of years to compile all of this data, it's very, very technically advanced and very precise and very thorough, so it's going to take the Illinois EPA and probably region five which is Chicago EPA time to review the whole thing and get back to us with comments. So it's not going to happen like tomorrow," Kent said.

If you have questions or concerns about the sewer plan, you can contact David Kent with the City of Quincy or the Illinois EPA.