RFP issued for City of Brandenburg, KY wastewater treatment plant

March 2, 2020
With help from law firm Frost Brown Todd, the city could deliver the first local government P3 under new legislation

LEXINGTON, KY, MARCH 2, 2020 -- The City of Brandenburg, with the legal counsel of Frost Brown Todd (FBT), issued a request for proposal (RFP) for private companies to bid on the construction and financing of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant. This could be the first time a local government has delivered a public-private partnership (P3) since Kentucky passed the 2016 law revamping how local governments could bid for development projects.

The nation’s largest Steel manufacturer, Nucor Corp, is set to build a new mill on the current site of the city’s wastewater treatment plant. Brandenburg must now move the treatment plant to a different location, which is anticipated to cost $7 to $9 million. They must also upgrade the plant to accommodate the new steel plant that will bring in 400 jobs and an expected population increase.

“After exploring all options, the city agreed a P3 offered the best opportunity,” said FBT P3 attorney Jason Halligan “While this is not a tactic we’ve seen from local governments in Kentucky, we know how beneficial it has been in other states. We look forward to helping Brandenburg set the precedent for other cities and counties in the Commonwealth.”

“Brandenburg is breaking ground, literally and figuratively,” said Steve Robertson, a principal of FBT’s public affairs subsidiary, CivicPoint. “The typical funding approach for local governments in Kentucky is going through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority or the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program. That not only adds more than six months to the process and potentially more cost, but it also significantly limits a city’s options. We were able to write this RFP to allow respondents to offer any combination of design, build, finance and operating possibilities. Brandenburg Mayor Ronnie Joyner and the City Council can then choose what works best for the community.

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