CLINTON — The city of Clinton must pay $100,000 in fines regarding environmental issues.

Because of negotiations lasting between three to four years, the amount totaled $70,000 less than previously estimated, Public Works Director Gary Schellhorn said.

The consent order passes along fines and also sets stringent deadlines for the estimated $30 million wastewater treatment facility. Also, a long-term plan regarding combined sewer overflows must be implemented by the city of Clinton.

“The total bill could certainly exceed $350,000,” City Administrator Gary Boden said about the stipulations of the order. “We have to adhere by the fines and this sets us on a strict path to the wastewater plant.”

Deadlines for construction of the wastewater treatment facility include:

• Preliminary engineering report submitted to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources by March 27.

• Submission to the DNR for a site survey by April 1.

• Preliminary design submission to the DNR by July 31.

• Construction permit application with final plans and specifications submission to the DNR by Oct. 31.

• Award construction bids by Jan. 26, 2010.

• Complete construction by Dec. 31, 2012.

• Achieve compliance with final effluent limitations by July 1, 2013.

If these deadlines are not met, it could result in more penalties.

“If we have bad weather, then we can have adjustments (on the dates),” Schellhorn said.

“Firm deadlines like that can be amended by just cause. But if you’re going to adjust them, you better have just cause.”

Deadline violations of one to 30 days will receive a $250 penalty. If the objectives are not met within 31 to 60 days, the fine increases to $500, and each day of more than 60 days will incur a $1,000 penalty.

The order also requires the city to submit an annual report to the DNR detailing construction activities, implementation of the Supplemental Environmental Project, combined sewer overflows and a data summary of sampling results for each outfall.

“This has significant impact on why we had rate increases and why they will increase in the future,” Boden said.

“This was the best deal we could cut and we will try to alleviate those increases by getting more grant money to help offset costs.”

The council unanimously approved the resolution to begin this process.