City council updates eleven codes
The Eudora City Council adopted at a meeting Monday 11 city ordinances updating various building, fire and electrical codes.
“This allows us to prevent and protect the town from contractors who may want to come to town and produce lower quality work,” City Administrator John Harrenstein said.
Harrenstein, codes administrator Curt Baumann, electric superintendent Eldon Brown and fire inspector Mike Heim had been working on updating the codes during the last couple of months.
Eudora City Councilman Bill Whitten said the updates should improve the construction process for builders, as well as make the jobs of city staff easier.
In other actions, the council tabled a decision on a recommendation from the Eudora Planning Commission on the approval of a preliminary site plan for a pretreatment facility proposed by Richard Hird, owner and operator of Honeybee Septic.
Hird has owned and operated Honey Bee in Lawrence for about 16 years and is licensed by Douglas County to pump septic tanks and commercial grease traps. Hird said the EPA as well as KDHE also regulate his work.
The facility, which would be located at 426 W. Seventh St. adjacent to Eudora’s wastewater treatment plant, would serve as a pretreatment plant for sludge removed from residential septic tanks.
The sludge would be pretreated in order to separate sludge from water. The water would go to Eudora’s wastewater facility and Honey Bee would take the sludge away to a landfill.
While Harrenstein didn’t object to the idea of pretreating sludge, he said he was more concerned about Hird’s disposal of commercial grease.
In October, Harrenstein toured a facility in Iowa similar to the one Hird would build.
In a memo to the Eudora City Council, Harrenstein said the facility was not as visually pleasing as the one Hird wants to build. However, based on discussion with the facility’s staff, there was “some concern that the dewatering process proposed by Honey Bee septic may not be the most appropriate method of treating grease waste.”
He also said a biofilter should be used to mitigate any septic odor.
The decision will be tabled until the city develops an industrial sewer permit, which would be in early December at the earliest.