City Manager Kendall Smith previously said the plant would be finished three years after the contract was signed. Design and construction of the new plant and decommission of the current plant is estimated to cost $15.5 million.
“The water and sewer rate increase was based on these construction numbers,” said Smith at the council’s Monday meeting.
Smith said the 45 percent increases Dallas residents will see on minimum water bills over the next two and a half years will pay for the cost of the new plant.
In other action, Councilman Mike Cason, chair of the community development committee, reported the city was planning a trial recycling program in Blue Ridge Park subdivision. Waste Industries is the provider of the recycling program.
“In the past, I was told there has only been about a 20 percent participation rate,” Cason said. “We’ll find out and go from there. Maybe Dallas is more interested.”
A resident who lives in Vista Lake subdivision came to the meeting to inquire about the possibility of recycling before Cason mentioned the trial program.
“We’ve got some proposals for a pilot program in one subdivision,” said Mayor Boyd Austin. “That should be a good indicator. We want to keep it in one area. They tell us they don’t have good response overall, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.”