Cardington Council to bid for wastewater plant improvements
By Evelyn Long -
Cardington Village Council authorized Poggemeyer Design Group to start the design and bidding process for improvements to the village wastewater treatment plant when they met September 4.
Speaking to council was Michael Atherine, Jr., principal owner of the company who reviewed the company’s work in drawing up the second study on the plant. He presented the findings to the council and the costs. He said the original study did not get to the crux of the problem. A second study was made during the period where storms had caused an overflow monitoring and “that’s what we wanted.”
“We used that information to evaluate the plant,” he said and he presented a summary of breakdown of the costs and a second page showed the improvements to be made. He said they had come up with a plan to fit the original project budget which was $2.2 million submitted to the EPA. There was also a 50 per cent principal forgiveness on that loan. Referring to the second plan, he said “we came up with this plan and it was a little under that $2 million. He noted there had been a conference call with the Ohio EPA Financial part and principal forgiveness part, and they agreed with the study and accepted it.
Atherine said to keep the principal forgiveness amount the project design and bid must be awarded by the end of the year. “We have set a schedule to meet that date and have the bid awarded by the end of 2012. He added that to do all the EPA wants them to do and keep the grant money, the requirements must be met by December 15.
He detailed the plant’s capacity now and the improvements that must be made both inside and outside the plant. Overflows must be corrected; blockages are occurring.
“Your influence sewer is not sized large enough. We’re putting a relief sewer along-side the existing sewer to get the flow to the waste water plant. In addition, the pumps in the wastewater plant are not large enough to pump the flow into the plant and we are going to replace them with larger pumps that can pump three million gallons a day into the plant. Another restriction is the grinder system, we are replacing that with a screen to take out the solids instead of grinding them. That will have the capacity of three million gallons a day.”
He also noted improvements to be made in the plant itself from the splinter boxes the ultra violet disinfection system.
He reiterated that the plan “must be designed, submitted to the Ohio EPA and they have to approve the plans. We have to go out for bids, receive them from contractors review them, come back to you, the council with recommendations for the award and council has to award the project to a contractor and we have to have the contract signed by December 15. We’re making this effort to keep your principal forgiveness which is about $1.1 million.”
In other matters, council approved the mayor’s appointment of John Gersper to the position of village fiscal officer. They also approved the mayor’s appointment of Gersper to the position of village manager.
Acting Police Chief Bob Huston said the department had made 129 calls in August, 37 of which were traffic citations; 14 assist other units; six for thefts; and 17 miscellaneous calls. There have been a total of 2,321 calls in 2012.
He also said the department has made a total of 353 warnings and 143 citations this year.
Giving his report was Village Administrator Danny Wood who said the street, water/and sewer departments had completed the following activity: found and fixed a water leak on the transmission line from the Marion County wells to the WTP; chipped brush, and Nick, the electrician, had installed two new phase converter/ motor starters at the Third Street lift station. He said County Road 168 is now open but not finished. Mosquito spraying had taken place and the shooting range had been mowed. The week of September 24 will be the last week for brush pick up for the year. He also noted the painting of the water tower may be postponed until next spring.
A twenty minute executive session was held shortly after the meeting opened based ORC 121. 22 (G) (1) and 121.32 (G)(3.)
The next council meeting was scheduled for September 17 at 7 pm.