The basin six sewer separation is scheduled for years 2019 to 2035 and is estimated to cost between $35 million and $50 million.
To plan for the most cost-effective separation, the city will hire an outside contractor to perform an analysis of the basin six infrastructure.
The study would cost no more than $100,000 and entail looking at every manhole and intake, pipe sizes, flow direction, pipe conditions and doing a structural analysis of the infrastructure.
Once the information was gathered, it would be available through a geographic information system so the city would have a computerized database to reference and add to when moving forward.
“It’s the correct way to do things. It’s what any other community would do,” Craft said.
The city has funds available for the project and would like to start no later than this spring in order to be complete by July 1 so the city can determine what sewer projects need to take place to reduce the amount of combined sewer overflows.
Craft will issue requests for proposals and come forward at the second council meeting in October for the City Council to approve.