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Pleasant Hill, Missouri, January 2022 The Pleasant Hill City Council would like to invite the public to the January 10, 2022 City Council meeting for public comment

regarding the Middle Big Creek Sewer Subdistrict’s proposed Phase 2 project. The meeting will be held at 7 pm on January 10th in the Council Chambers. The Middle Big Creek (MBC) Sewer Subdistrict is a wholesale wastewater service provider servicing the cities of Greenwood, Raymore, Lee’s Summit, Lake Winnebago, Pleasant Hill, Cass County and the Mullendike and Dikeland Sewer Districts. While the MBC Subdistrict operates a wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) in Pleasant Hill, the entire sewer flow from the district is not all processed here due to lack of capacity and lack of conveyance (piping). Portions of the Subdistrict’s flow is pumped to the Atherton WWTF near Sugar Creek at an expense higher than treating in Pleasant Hill. In 2020, the Subdistrict completed a study of the existing infrastructure and sewer district growth and development patterns. As a result, the Subdistrict is proposing a $106 million debt issue for expansion of the Pleasant Hill WWTF, an extension of the Big Creek Interceptor, and the installation of a metering system. The project is expected to be completed in 2025.
The Pleasant Hill WWTF has a plant capacity of 2.25 million gallons per day (MGD). The proposal increases plant capacity to 7.5 MGD to adequately plan for existing and future growth within the Subdistrict boundaries. The project includes additional peak flow storage in Pleasant Hill with the potential for additional storage throughout the Subdistrict boundaries. The proposed WWTF improvements would include biosolid treatment sludge reedbeds (natural filtration system to dewater sludge for potential re-use) located in Pleasant Hill to the south of the existing WWTF on the District’s existing property at 1200 E 58 Highway.
Additional proposed improvements include the construction of a 17,500-foot extension of the Big Creek Interceptor from its existing location outside of Pleasant Hill to the Greenwood Pump Station and the installation of a metering system throughout the District. The proposed debt issuance has an impact on the City’s Water/Sewer Fund expenses. Currently, MBC charges comprise 80% of the City’s sewer expenses. The City of Pleasant Hill develops utility rates based on anticipated expenses. As the City’s expenses increase, the rates passed on to customers will increase.
MBC anticipates an average annual rate increase of no more than $5 per connection per month through 2027 at which time rates will stabilize. This represents an estimated 45% increase in the amount billed to the City within 5 years. Choosing to forego these improvements and maintain the existing system could result in rates 10% higher than proposed with this debt issuance. The Subdistrict requires 6 of the 8 member entities (the cities, Cass County and sewer districts) to approve the issuance of debt. As of January 1, 2022, 5 of the 8 member entities have affirmed the debt issuance.