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Newscast 03.18.22: Gov Reynolds Makes Early Morning Stop in Sioux City on Her Re-election Campaign Kick-Off; Sioux City to Hire Consultant for A Possible New Wastewater Treatment Plant

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Gov. Kim Reynolds told dozens of supporters at a re-election campaign kickoff event this morning in Sioux City that she has "followed through" on the promises she made to voters, with the help of Republican state legislators, according to the Sioux City Journal. Reynolds, who is seeking her second four-year term as governor, also made stops in Storm Lake on Thursday and Holstein on Friday, during her state-wide tour.

Sioux City is hiring a consulting firm to evaluate and recommend improvements at the wastewater treatment plant and that could lead to a the building of a new multi-million dollar plant. Sioux City Manager Bob Padmore made that announcement at a morning news conference today.

Padmore says the consulting firm will take a long-term look at the future of wastewater treatment.

“We’re going to ask that consultant to come in, look at our plan, determine its likelihood of success long-term, and then compare that to just going out and building a new wastewater treatment plant.”

Padmore adds that the plan will go beyond the immediate future of wastewater treatment in Sioux City.

“To future-proof the community in wastewater and to provide for economic development opportunities.”

Sioux City Manager Bob Padmore and Tom Pingle, Utilities Director - Wastewater Treatment Plant/Environmental Services
Sioux City Manager Bob Padmore and Tom Pingle, Utilities Director - Wastewater Treatment Plant/Environmental Services

The city is looking at the Southbridge Industrial Park as a potential site for a new plant, according to Padmore. He said the city would pay for the project with a combination of funding, including American Rescue Plan Act dollars. The city will receive a total of $40.6 million in ARPA funding.

All wastewater from South Sioux City, North Sioux City, and Sergeant Bluff is currently treated at Sioux City's wastewater treatment plant.

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