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City to staff water/sewer treatment

Sweet Home’s wastewater and water treatment plants are going to be handled in-house next year for the first time in nearly 15 years, instead of being run by a contractor.

That’s after a controversial decision at the Oct. 13 city council meeting, with Councilors Diane Gerson and Susan Coleman voting against the move, and Lisa Gourley, Mayor Greg Mahler, Dave Trask, James Goble and Cortney Nash supporting the 5-2 decision.

With the decision, the city will take over operations from Jacobs Engineering on July 1, 2021. Springman said it’s an amicable ending with the current contractor, and...

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