February 1st was set as the final completion date for Buffalo's new wastewater treatment plant, after numerous problems and delays set the date back for final approval.
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the Council approved the final completion, but not before a heated discussion lasting over an hour.
States West Water Resources Engineer Brook Stromer gave an update to the council which included some items that would not be completed before final completion, which set off a discussion about the numerous problems and setbacks which have occurred to this point.
In fairness to the contractor, Stromer said a number of the problems stemmed from design and engineering, not just from construction of the plant.
After more discussions, the council voted to accept final completion on the plant and to reduce the retainage on their contract to 5% of the total contract of just over $12 million, leaving just $522,000 remaining in retainage.
Other issues remain for the contractor to address before they receive their final payments, but the council got assurances from Stromer they would be completed.