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Seneca Supervisors battle over engineering firm continues Tuesday

Some members of the Seneca County Board of Supervisors want Barton & Loguidice Engineers to do a state-mandated inflow and infiltration study for the county’s two sewer districts.

Others want Hunt Engineers to do the study.

That split will be discussed at Tuesday’s meeting of the board’s Public Works Committee.

Cost is not an issue. The studies will cost $72,000 and state grants will pay $60,000 of that. The two districts will pay the remaining $12,000.

Originally, the county was poised to hire Barton & Loguidice. But on March 4, Fayette Supervisor Cindy Lorenzetti convinced the committee to hire Hunt. The committee voted 3-2 to hire Hunt and sent that motion to the full board for a vote March 12.

Then the board voted 10-3 on March 12 to send the motion back to committee for further discussion, which brings it back to Tuesday’s agenda. Public Works Committee chairman Don Trout of Waterloo voted against hiring Hunt in committee and made the motion to send it back to committee on March 12.

Whoever ends up doing the study will have to determine where storm water and groundwater could be entering the sanitary system and make recommendations on how to stop that from occurring.

The motion before the committee Tuesday will be to hire Hunt Engineers.

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