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PC Council explores wastewater plant upgrade with engineer

Friday, October 21, 2011

Members of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen heard from Andy Novinger, of Anderson Engineering, concerning wastewater treatment plant improvements at their October meeting.

The proposed system will treat 1.1 million gallons of water a week and allow for slight growth in the city.

According to Novinger, the city needs two ultraviolet units at the wastewater plant in order to meet Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) specifications.

Novinger said DNR would approve installation of the two-light system to handle peak flow periods at the treatment plant. Use of the ultraviolet lights could be alternated, thus saving the city costs in replacement bulbs and electricity.

"You only have to have both lights on during peak flow," Novinger said. "These replacement bulbs are expensive. The number of bulbs needed to treat the wastewater will be controlled by a flow meter."

Novinger said the biggest issue to the proposed improvements is funding. He offered options to the city, which included a low interest loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the DNR's state revolving fund and Rural Development funds.

"There is a lot of competition for these funds," Novinger said. "The thing to hope for is that St. Louis and Kansas City have huge projects, and we can get a portion of those funds for a shovel-ready project."

Jeff Riekhof, of Clearwater Environmental, LLC, told aldermen that a bearing in one of the rotors at the wastewater plant had gone out and he was able to buy two replacement parts at considerable savings to the city.

"The good news is that the bearing that had gone out is the original bearing, installed in 1985," Riekhof said. "The bad news is the company is no longer manufacturing that type of bearing."

Riekhof also assisted Novinger in preparing documentation for the engineering deadline for the wastewater expansion project.

In other business, aldermen approved raising the rate of the capital asset amount for the city to $1,500. This will only impact depreciation rates on equipment used by the city in its annual audit.

Aldermen approved a $1,000 generator payment for the month.

City Clerk Julie Johnson requested aldermen review proposed changes to the city's solid waste disposal code.

"Stanphill Sanitation doesn't accept yard waste," Johnson said. "I will check with other municipalities to see what they do about their solid waste disposal."

Johnson also said the city doesn't have the equipment or manpower to remove tree limbs and yard waste for its residents.

Alderman John Archer spoke of a recent tour of All Points Recycling in Cassville, and explained how the business managed to recycle a number of items that Pierce City's recycling program is not capable of handling.

Archer also spoke highly of Purdy's student-run recycling program.

Archer said that most people bring their recyclable items to the Pierce City center already sorted and rinsed out.

"That's a huge help to us," Archer said. "We still need volunteers to help with sorting materials."

The recycling center is open on the second Saturday of the month.

The next regular meeting of the Pierce City Board of Aldermen will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 at City Hall.

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