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Brownton Council concerned about financial impact of proposed work

Although it’s very much in the early stages, the impact of the cost of a comprehensive street and utility project has Brownton City Council members worried.
John Rodeberg of Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), the city’s engineering firm, again reviewed the preliminary engineering plan with the City Council at its July 7 meeting. The plan will be presented to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the hopes of getting grant and low-interest loan funding for the project.
Rodeberg said about $7.6 million worth of work is planned for 2016 and 2017.
Mayor Norman Schwarze noted that according to the preliminary plan, some resident’s utility bills could increase by as much as a $1,000 a year.
“And that doesn’t include tax increases or assessments,” said Schwarze.
Rodeberg said that he, too, is concerned about the potential impact, and that the City Council will have to prioritize which portions of the project should be done.
For more, see the July 15 print edition of The Chronicle.