The City’s annual budget cycle is in full swing this month, with this year’s budget bills set to be voted on by the full Council on April 20th. During April-May 2016, my colleagues and I will be scrutinizing real property tax rates, proposed revenue measures, and the administration’s funding requests for capital improvement projects — including road repaving, homeless solutions, and sewer upgrades — to address community concerns throughout the city.
With deteriorating conditions affecting sewer systems in Nuuanu and in other older neighborhoods, the City administration has requested $32.5 million to plan, design, and construct Relief Sewers in the Dowsett Highlands and Nuuanu area. The initial conceptual scope identified a need for more than 9,200 feet of relief sewers of new 10” and 12” diameter sewers. This project is intended to meet the requirements of the 2010 Consent Decree to address hydraulic capacity issues in the area, with $1.7 million for design, $30 million for construction, and $800,000 for inspections at completion.