With a $48-million sewer plant renovation on the November ballot, the town is planning its second public information meeting this fall on project. Plans for the sewer plant project will be discussed Wednesday, Oct. 17, starting at 7 p.m. in town hall\u2019s large lower level conference room. The Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) will conduct the meeting. \u201cWPCA members will provide information about what it proposed why the upgrades are necessary, the estimated cost, what funding assistance is being offered, project schedule, and other relevant aspects of this important project,\u201d the WPCA said in news release on the meeting. About a dozen people turned out for a Saturday morning public information meeting on the project Sept. 22. At that meeting Amy Siebert, chairwoman of the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), outlined the project and the need for it \u2014 to improve the level of treatment to meet state standards for nitrogen and phosphorous in the water discharged \u2014 as well as anticipated costs. There followed a lively back-and-forth discussion with audience members, chairwoman Siebert and First Selectman Rudy Marconi. Town officials say the $48 million total projected cost could be reduced by three grants totaling $11.5 million. The town is optimistic about getting the grants, which would lower local cost down to $36.5 million. But eligibility for the grants requires that the project be designed, put out to bid, and a contract awarded by July 2019 \u2014 and to get that done the money needs to be approved by voters this November, when it\u2019ll be on the ballot along with local and state candidates, as well as Ridgefield\u2019s charter questions. That\u2019s one of the reason officials are conducting the public information meetings, trying to get the word out. The bulk of the cost would be borne by sewer users \u2014 properties hooked up to the sewer system \u2014 in the form of increased sewer use fees. Marconi has said these could be expected to about double. But town officials are also planning to have all taxpayers \u2014 including those off the system, who have houses with septic systems \u2014 carry repayment of a portion of the cost, probably about $8 million, through the general town tax rate. The logic supporting this is that all Ridgefielders benefit from having the downtown commercial areas which are possible only with a sewer system, and also that even septic system owners use the sewer plant periodically when they get their septic tanks pumped. Anyone requiring special accommodations due to disability in order to attend the public meeting on the sewer project may contact the WPCA office at 203-431-2734 to make arrangements.