CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The City of Charles Town will have to borrow an additional $868,000 to cover cost overruns for a planned upgrade of the city's sewer treatment plant, city officials said Monday.
City officials initially estimated the upgrade would cost about $2.9 million which did not include engineering fees and other costs, said Martinsburg attorney Hoy Shingleton, who is representing the city on the project.
The lowest of three bids received from contractors to do the work was $3.6 million, Shingleton said.
Discharge monitoring reports from the sewer plant shows there have been violations for fecal coliform, which is human waste, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The upgrade is expected to improve the quality of treated wastewater from the plant.
Issues surrounding the plant's operations came up recenty in discussions for the proposed 3,300-home Hunt Field development. A state DEP engineer said the plant would not be able to handle all the sewage from Hunt Field without an expansion.