More time needed to study Fort Pierce sewer-plant move off Hutchinson Island

FORT PIERCE — A report detailing how to move the city’s aging wastewater treatment plant off Hutchinson Island, and how to combine the city and county water departments, has been delay by at least a month.

The report was to have been available on Monday.  per the terms of the $73,350-contract.

But consultant Public Resources Management Group, of Maitland — which is being paid $73,350 — asked for more time to compile research, said St. Lucie County Utilities officials who are working with the city on the report.

As a result, the city’s seven-member Waster Relocation Advisory Committee will have to wait to discuss logistics of moving the 58-year old plant off the island. It was to meet after the report was submitted.

Last year, the City Commission formed the committee to recommendations on when to move the plant, how to pay for the move and how to clean up the current site.

The proposed new site would be on the grounds of the Energy Center, Fort Pierce Utility Authority’s 300-megawatt natural-gas power plant on 69 acres north of Midway Road and west of Selvitz Road.

The idea of moving the plant and forming the committee stem from a 2012 community workshop, when residents suggested redeveloping the treatment-plant site on the Indian River Lagoon  with a hotel, marina, housing and stores.

The existing plant serves the city of Fort Pierce and processes 6 million gallons of wastewater daily, about 40 percent of its capacity. The proposed plant would process about 10 million gallons daily.

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