Plans for a three-phased upgrade to Rochester’s water reclamation plant will seek support Monday.

The first phase, which will include a remodel and efforts to improve the plant’s discharge, is expected to start this year. The two-year project will cost an estimated $10 million.

A quarter of the needed funding was approved in 2014, and city staff plans to seek approval of $7.5 million from sewer enterprise fund retained earnings on July 8.

Future phases of the proposed project will upgrade liquid and solid waste treatment. Those phases are expected to start in 2021, with a combined estimated cost of $77 million.

A presentation planned for the 3:30 p.m. Rochester City Council study session Monday is expected to lay groundwork for the phase one request.

The upgrades are designed to address needs at the aging plant, which was built in 1980, as well as address the inability to meet new regulatory limits.

With 14 million gallons of wastewater processed daily, the proposed upgrades seek to increase plant reliability while reducing energy and chemical needs.

The council will not be asked to make a final decision Monday, but will have the opportunity to raise questions, if members have any.

The council is also slated to receive an update on the process related to transitioning Mayo Civic Center and convention and visitors bureau operations during Monday’s meeting.

The board that will oversee the new nonprofit entity met for the first time this week and will meet again Monday morning for a closed session to start interviewing applicants for an executive director.

Rochester City Administrator Steve Rymer said the recruiter, along with city staff, will participate in the interview process, with plans to have an executive director in place next month.

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Randy is the Post Bulletin's local government reporter, covering the city of Rochester and Olmsted County, as well as Destination Medical Center efforts. He joined the Post Bulletin staff in 2014.