Tough Choices News — Wastewater

Paying for necessary improvments to Coos Bay's Streets and Wastewater systems will be costly to residents. The City Council is committed to transparency in communicating decisions about projects to city residents.

August 19, 2015 - Council to rehear alternate plant proposal

D.B. Western Texas will get a second crack at proposing a wastewater treatment plant on the North Spit after all. (The World, Aug. 19, 2015)

July 21, 2015 - No more ‘rounding up’ for sewer bills

The City Council’s consensus was to direct staff to research alternative rate structures and to draft a resolution to eliminate the "rounding up" method for calculating sewer fees. (Minutes, July 21, 2015)

July 08, 2015 - Wastewater contract goes to bid

Despite having contracted with CH2M since 1996, Coos Bay will go out to bid for firms to provide wastewater operations and maintenance. (The World, July 8, 2015)

July 08, 2015 - Repairs Approved

After delaying the decision a week, the Coos Bay City Council approved $100,000 in design and engineering repairs for the deterioration of wastewater plant No. 2's outfall by a 5-1 vote Tuesday night. (The World, July 8, 2015

July 01, 2015 - Approval Delayed

Despite a dive investigation discovering damage to the Coos Bay Wastewater Plant No. 2's outfall, the City Council delayed approving the funds for the repair until it gets additional information. (The World, July 1, 2015)

June 12, 2015 - Rate Update

The City Council will discuss sewer rates at its June 16 meeting.  Meanwhile, The city is working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and other regulatory agencies to coordinate repair of the outfall that serves Wastewater Treatment Plant No. 2.  (Friday Update, June 12, 2015)

June 10, 2015 - Outfall Repairs

The city is working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and other regulatory agencies to coordinate a repair after officials learned that the outfall serving Wastewater Treatment Plant Number 2 has deteriorated. (KCBY, June 10, 2015)

June 10, 2015 - Outfall Deterioration

The city is preparing signage to alert the public of damage to wastewater treatment plant No. 2's outfall after an inspection by LiquiVision Technology discovered broken diffusers and deterioration.  (The World, June 10, 2015)

June 09, 2015 - Rounding Up

Coos Bay has released a white paper prepared by its rate consultant Steve Donovan explaining the methodology behind sewer rates after citizens took issue with its "rounding up" policy.  (The World, June 9, 2015) Read White Paper Here

May 27, 2015 - Raising Rates

The City of Coos Bay is raising sewer fees by 6.5 percent, which is raising questions about the fairness of those rates. (KCBY, May 27, 2015)