Vote set Wednesday for new wastewater plant site

WWTA Executive Director Mark Harrison

Hamilton County commissioners will vote Wednesday on a proposal to buy land for a new wastewater treatment plant in the north end of the county.

It's the first concrete step in a process county officials say will expand service to homes and businesses and help the area grow.

Mark Harrison, executive director of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority, said the 150-acre site is west of the intersection of Mahan Gap and Ooltewah-Georgetown roads, with one border along Long Savannah Creek.

The county will pay $3 million for the property and closing costs. The plant is expected to cost $45 million and to come online in about seven years, Harrison said.

He said there are only a few residences close by but he's expecting at least some of them to raise a stink about the idea of a sewage treatment plant in their neighborhood.

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