Morris City Manager Blaine Hill, here presenting budget and levy numbers to the City Council in pre-COVID days.. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The new water treatment plant set to start operations in 2019 in Stevens County will have more operating expenses than the facility it’s replacing, according to Morris City Manager Blaine Hill, who spoke on the KMRS Community Connection program. The plant itself cost $18 million to build, $12 million of which came from a grant from the State Public Facilities Authority. The city took a loan to cover the remaining $6 million.

That new employee will also be utilized for storm water maintenance in the city, such as pond inspections. Hill estimated the cost of operating the new plant to be between $360,000 to $400,000 higher than the old facility.

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