The real need for the increased capacity would likely come in the form of a megasite designation at River Ridge.
River Ridge is seeking the designation, which would allow for the location of a company like an automotive, steel or chemical manufacturer to build a plant on 1,500 to 2,500 acres in the commerce center. A site evaluation and certification is ongoing where a large company could locate. Once that process is complete, River Ridge could move forward with seeking the designation for the outlined space.
Hildenbrand said with the installation of the new line, the capacity for sewer lines in River Ridge would increase from about 150,000 to eventually 6 million galloons per day.
But Sewer Board Member Bill Saegesser questioned the installation of what would be an active sewer line with the amount of capacity requested and the size of sewer treatment plant that would be needed to accommodate the capacity requested.
“We’ve not done a very good job, it appears, in coordinating what you’re doing and what we’re doing,” Saegesser said. “Because, if you think that we need a plant that’s going to handle what we have today, plus an additional minimum 6 million gallons a day, we’re building the wrong plant.”
Hildenbrand said that amount of capacity is not needed at this time.
“Instead of going in and installing a line that would have to be replaced in five years, or whatever, we just wanted to go ahead and get in the ultimate design now,” Hildenbrand said.
Saegesser asked to have copies of the masterplan and EDA grant to review.
“I want to see what implication this has for us long-term,” he said. “If you’re thinking five or six years from now we’re going to have a plant that’s going to handle that type of flow, we’re not.”