Buyout plan still foggy to residents

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 11:10pm

It's been over a decade since the city-parish expanded the north waste water treatment center, and quality of life hasn't been the same since.

"We're constantly living in human waste," said Greg Mitchell, with the Concerned Citizens of University Place.

Residents complain of the foul stench and sewer flies as constants in the area. Also a fine mist that rains down daily.

Plans to buyout several homes closest to the plant were unveiled in early November, but those who would be affected, still feel left in the dark.

"I don't see it being good enough,” Mitchell said. “Because we don't have all the information. We only have bits and pieces of things."

The plans would move those families out who are closest to the plant, and build a buffer zone of trees and vegetation to help cut down the offensive odors coming from the treatment facility. That idea alone brings skepticism to some.

Even the buyout isn't guaranteed at this point. First, a funding source must be found for the purchase and relocation expenses, and then the full Metro Council must approve the plan.

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