The City of Blue Springs along with the City of Grain Valley will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 31 to celebrate the completion of the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment plant located at 4600 S Seymour Road, Grain Valley, MO 64029.

“This joint project between the City of Blue Springs and Grain Valley has been a huge success,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This expansion highlighted our desire to be environmentally sensitive, fiscally prudent, and to collaborate on a mutually beneficial project.”

The Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Sewer plant is shared resource between The City of Blue Springs and the City of Grain Valley. The expansion project increased plant capacity from 6 to 10 million gallons a day and allows the plant to address environmental regulations and meet growth projections for the next 20 years.

This project incorporated an innovative ‘green’ solution for solid waste treatment, which reduces the processing costs. The new ‘green’ feature is the implementation of reed bed technology. Specially designed reed beds offer a simple, robust and cost-effective means of wastewater solids treatment. The reeds planted in the beds naturally pull out impurities found in the sludge and transforms a wastewater byproduct into a useable material.

In August 2008, Blue Springs residents passed two bond issues for street and sewer improvements. Question 1 authorized the use of a $35 million revenue bond for sewer facility improvements to meet mandated environmental regulations and to take advantage of low-interest state financing.

Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation “No Tax Increase” bonds for road and intersection improvements including the widening of Woods Chapel Road, improvements to Duncan Road at the Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection, the extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road and improvements to the Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection.

In September 2010, the City celebrated the completion of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project. The Colbern Road and Highway 7 Intersection improvements were completed in January 2012. Phase 1 of the Woods Chapel Road Project is on schedule and utility relocations have begun on Phase 2 with construction beginning this fall.

For more information, contact Chris Sandie, at (816) 228-0121.

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