Albany Mayor’s Coalition to Host Public Forum on Sewer and Surface Water Infrastructure Updates

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and her Coalition for Economic Development will host a public forum on Tuesday, September 17th providing information on the newly contracted engineering consulting company

Constantine is a company specializing in full-service engineering, management, and construction services made up of dedicated professionals that provide engineering and technology solutions to utility, municipal, industrial, federal, state, and commercial clients throughout the Southeast, focusing on water, wastewater, and related services. They will provide consultation and support to the City of Albany in evaluating existing lift stations, the wastewater treatment plant, combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and nuisance flooding.

“The Flint River and its waterways have long contributed not only to Albany’s culture and sense of place, but also to our prosperity,” said Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard. “It is important that we protect the integrity of our river system by making every effort to ensure that the infrastructure supporting it is being maintained at the highest standards. This forum will bring the public new information on how the City of Albany is taking the appropriate steps to do just that.”

The partnership with Constantine began on April 1, 2019, during which the company hopes to achieve the goals of providing a comprehensive infrastructure improvement plan for the overall sewer and storm water system.

The town hall event will provide information on efforts being made to support the overall integrity of municipal sewer and storm water infrastructure, and how citizens can help make a difference through positive practices at home.

“The sustainability of our sewer system is important to our community for a variety of reasons,” said Albany City manager Sharon D. Subadan. “As a municipality, it’s our job to make every effort to ensure the longevity and vitality of our waterways by supporting them through sustainable practices – the recent partnership with Constantine is better positioning us to do just that, and this forum will provide information to the public on how they can help.”

Panelists will include the Constantine Representatives Wes Byne, Senior Project Manager and Butch Gallop, Gallop & Associates along with Gordon Rodgers, Executive Director of Flint Riverkeeper.

The program is an edition in a series of forums organized by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development designed to increase public awareness of matters relating to economic development or economic impact in our community.

The September 17 forum is free to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. in room 100 of the Government Center, located at 222 Pine Avenue in downtown Albany.