City Seeks $5.2 Million More for Sewer Work

The city will borrow an additional $5.2 million to meet federal sewer requirements.

Haverhill City Councilors tonight are expected to place Mayor James J. Fiorentini’s request on file for two weeks. The amount comes on the heels of a $6.9 million borrowing request for the next phase of federally mandated combined sewer overflow upgrades.

At tonight’s regular meeting, Deputy Department of Public Works Director Robert Ward formally asks councilors to authorize the additional borrowing. The money would be put toward the second phase of upgrading sewer system capacity to treat stormwater drainage at the wastewater plant. Last April, the council approved borrowing nearly $6.9 million for the same project, and if passed, the new spending would bring the price tag to more than $12 million.

The impact of the borrowing on Haverhill water and wastewater ratepayers was not disclosed.

The Haverhill City Council meets at 7 p.m., tonight, at Haverhill City Hall.