Let’s Talk Dirty

There is talk about water/sewer rates going up again in LaVergne.

It was common knowledge that rates would go up thanks to regulations of the Water and Wastewater Oversight Board in the State Office of the Comptroller.  We knew about the rate increases despite the promises to lower the rates by board members when they campaigned for office. THEY knew that they couldn’t lower the rates, but the mayor, Melisa Brown and the appointed alderman Calvin Jones hitched their wagon to that horse and ran with it.

Now a new city complex is being discussed (costing about $40 million) in the city’s distant future that would include a new city hall and some other improvements. However, since water and sewer rates are a craw in everyone’s throat, wouldn’t it make more sense to explore getting our own wastewater treatment plant?

green sewerWe’ve heard it can’t be done, but I disagree. There IS a chance that we could get our own sewer treatment plant and be free of the chains of Metro’s whims. (Since we don’t have a wastewater plant, we pipe it out to Nashville and are at their mercy for what we pay to haul our shstuff.)

How? There are “green” treatment plants available that wouldn’t pour wastewater (human poop and other gross stuff) into rivers or lakes. The waste is filtered and cleaned with the worst of it going into a field. A city in Alabama just set their plant up like this and they grow hay and other items from the fertilized soil. The hay is sold then to help offset costs.

And look at this article in the Tennessean.

Not only would be new facility be cheaper to build than retrofitting the existing one, but it would also help the city be better prepared to handle future growth, according to Vice Mayor Brian Smalling.

“We can’t compete with other places for businesses or industry because we just don’t have the infrastructure,” he said. “This is a way to rectify a lot of that and move forward beyond just taking care of the current situation.”

Other communities are building new wastewater treatment plants. This would attract more businesses to our city, which we desperately need if we’re ever going to have better things. More businesses mean more sales taxes. More sales tax collections mean more public safety, more parks staff, more parks and better quality of life.

If Westmoreland, Tenn. and little Alabama city can do it, so can La Vergne.

What do you think, La Vergne?  Would it be worth it to you to build our own sewer treatment plant?


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6 comments for “Let’s Talk Dirty

  1. Chris
    June 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    If WE build it THEY will come!

    • Lila Parker
      June 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      I definitely think it is worth exploring this option over a new city hall. It’s time the citizens got considered first over anything else. Make do with what you have. The city turned a blind eye to Gertrude Phillips because of lack of funds. I feel their comfort and space is secondary to everything else when it comes to our money. A better more efficient sewer system would be beneficial to everyone, because the shtuff ain’t going to go away.

  2. Kris
    June 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    This is something that definitely needs to happen. A month after I moved to La Vergne, the water rates first went up and they were higher then than my old neighbors in metro. After five years here, they are still higher. If Westmoreland can build a wastewater treatment facility for a town of three to four thousand, why can we not for a town of almost 40,000? Especially if we start looking at one of the “green” proposals.

  3. Tony Vanatta
    June 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I do beleive this is a great option to look at. But I do not feel that this board is educated enough to handle something that is this complicated all we can do is hope in the 2018 election new mayor will be able to do something

  4. Stephanie
    June 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    My water bill is already almost higher than my electric bill. This is crazy!! An election won on broken promises. I hope everyone that voted for them and bad mouthed the previous mayor is happy now. How does that taste, a little shitty maybe? I don’t think the current mayor can pull off anything to improve three city do we may have tip wait till someone with some kind of intelligence gets elected.

  5. Larry Voyta
    July 26, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Weren’t there promises of a water rate decrease in the near future after the water main/hydrant improvements were implemented? Why not wait until they do before raising rates for a sewer treatment facility?

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