Wastewater treatment plant, asphalt plant up and running in Kirksville

In 2013, over 80 percent of Kirksville voters approved a bond issue to fund the $18 million project. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

It was a big day for the City of Kirksville on Friday.

Two major accomplishments were celebrated with ribbon cuttings.

Improvements have been ongoing at the Kirksville Wastewater Treatment Plant, and it's clear many upgrades have taken shape.

In 2013, over 80 percent of Kirksville voters approved a bond issue to fund the $18 million project.

Ground at the site was officially broken in March 2016, and now, plant supervisor Brad Eitel says crew members are ready to get to work at the new facility.

"This project has been roughly 20 months in the making and it's had so many people involved. We are super excited here at the City of Kirksville and on behalf of my staff to get this beautiful facility up and running."

The new plant is located near the former treatment center and Bear Creek.

Some may wonder, if the city already had a treatment facility, why the reason for the pricey upgrade?

The former location was constructed in 1976 and has since become obsolete.

This new facility will now meet new requirements put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Eitel says he and his staff have been busy learning the ropes of the new facility.

"Most of my staff were very good with the old style treatment. Unfortunately, that treatment was over 40 years old. There has been tremendous amounts of changes in the treatment and it has been very much a learning process for myself and my staff. They are coming along very nicely and we are going to get it figured out."

Friday morning, Eitel and his crew had the chance to show off the new facility to Kirksville city staffers and others in the community during a ribbon cutting.

At that ceremony, tours were offered and the high-tech plant was on display.

Eitel adds that this plant will benefit the area in many ways.

"It's going to help with the economic development of the City of Kirksville. It's also going to help with the quality of water presented back to the environment."

In addition to cutting a ribbon at the wastewater treatment plant, a ceremony was also held at the city's new asphalt plant.

Kirksville Public Works Director Glenn Balliew previously told KTVO the plant is being used to improve and repair city streets.

He also said crews will have the ability to build a better product to meet specifications for a 40 percent reduction in costs.

The asphalt plant is located in Kirksville's Industrial Park on a plot of land owned by the city.

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