Archive for Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Overflow lagoon gets council nod

November 22, 2006

It took a plant malfunction and an extra meeting with a city councilor, but the Eudora City Council gave its approval Thursday to begin rehabilitating a mothballed lagoon at the wastewater treatment plant.

Brian Kingsley of BG Consultants, who was filling in for Pat Cox, presented the contract to the council. Cox had been working with the council on improvements to the treatment plant.

"Generally, you have a flow diversion lagoon that we recommend be constructed out at the plant. There are a number of reasons for that," Kingsley said.

The driving reasons center around times of unusually high, or peak activity, often associated with water flowing into the plant after heavy rains.

The new lagoon will serve as a collection center or "shock absorber," Kingsley said. Included in the contract will be a new head works system, which will further control the flow of water into the plant until everything returns to normal.

The $95,400 contract will cover both the engineering of the lagoon and th

new head works system.

The council delayed the decision from its Sept. 25 meeting. At the time, both Councilman Bill Whitten and plant supervisor Kathy Hernandez urged the council take a closer look at the issue.

Whitten said he felt the need to look at more options. Hernandez said the plant's current overflow procedures were working fine.

Kingsley said there had been some concerns, but after an on-site meeting with Whitten, some of those had been addressed.

Whitten said he had learned enough to support the plan.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said a heavy rainstorm and a pump failure changed the mind of Hernandez.

"She was comfortable with it," Beatty said.

Before voting on the contract, the council had to decide where the money to pay for the project would come from.

One option was to use money from a utility reserve. A different option would chalk the contract up to a loan from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Beatty said there were options of where the loan would be charged.

Beatty reminded the council the next loan from KDHE would be for about $850,000.

The city is also waiting on bids to purchase a mobile belt filter press.

Cox recommended two months ago the city put the belt filter press out for bid.

"I would personally like to see us take it out of KDHE instead of depleting those reserved funds," Councilman Dan Gregg said.

The council approved the contract unanimously.

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