After only a few questions and comments, executive committee tabled a report regarding the wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation.
During Monday’s executive committee meeting, the majority of executive voted to table a report from the engineering department pending more information regarding the cost of repairs to the plant to prevent damage to the clarifiers because of freezing. The costs are borne by the city and not the contractor or engineering firm responsible for the wastewater plant upgrade.
“Look at all the things in the sewer and utility costing taxpayers money,” said Coun. Brian Swanson who introduced the tabling motion. “If it’s a $20,000 fix and the consultants of the day didn’t think the cover was necessary that would be an important question to know how much it cost to fix.”
The engineering department’s report said the treatment plant was opened in November 2009 with a system of two phosphorous removal clarifiers integrated in two Biolac treatment cells. Covers were not put on the clarifiers.
In December of that year, a significant amount of ice developed on the surface of the clarifier after extreme cold temperatures outside, creating unanticipated problems with ice cover over the clarifiers.
For more information, see Tuesday's edition of the Times-Herald.