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City Council gives Jacobs the pink slip

The Sweet Home City Council has officially agreed to part ways with Jacobs Engineering, which has operated the city’s water and wastewater treatment plants since 2006.

A year ago, city staff conducted an audit of the Water Treatment Plant that uncovered multiple technical and maintenance deficiencies at the plant.

Jacobs has gone to work addressing the deficiencies, but the City Council began looking at other options, including contracting with another firm to run the plants or operating them in-house with city employees.

Jacobs made an offer to continue serving the city, and the city...