Angry homeowners, WWTA each set separate meetings on proposed Ooltewah sewage plant

People line up to get into the meeting on a proposed North Ooltewah sewage treatment plant. (Photo contributed by Hugo Winterhalter)

Hamilton County's sewer treatment authority will hold another public meeting Tuesday evening on its plan to build a new sewage treatment plant in on Mahan Gap Road.

Meanwhile, furious local homeowners and community members are holding a meeting of their own Thursday night to begin planning their opposition to the proposed plant.

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority wants to build a $45 million wastewater treatment plant to open up the northern parts of the county for development without having to use Chattanooga's Moccasin Bend plant.

The money is included in a bond issue funded from a property tax increase passed last year by the Hamilton County Commission. But in early October, commissioners confronted by angry homeowners voted against advancing the WWTA $3 million to buy the property for the new plant.