Wastewater treatment plant upgrade expected to save city money over time

Wastewater treatment plant upgrade expected to save city money over time
Associate Editor
Union City is going to be able to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant and pay for it with the expected savings.
Union City city manager Kathy Dillon told the Union City council recently the city can get a 30-year $1,750,000 loan from the state revolving fund at a fixed rate of 2.675 percent.
She said the city, state and engineers have all run the numbers and concluded that the city will save enough in payments for treatment and electricity each month to make the payments on the loan.
The loan and upgrades at the plant will not affect the utility rates paid by customers, she said, adding that’s not to say other factors won’t affect them in the future.
“I’m comfortable this payment will not affect the utility rates,” Ms. Dillon said, adding if the city doesn’t do the rehab work, the rates would be affected in the future because of the current condition of the wastewater plant.
Mayor Terry Hailey said the city has got to fix the problem and what the city has is a way to fix it without it costing the city any additional funds.
Ed Crowell of J.R. Wauford and Co. said the rehab project should have only a short-term impact on service.
The proposed project includes replacing one of the three enclosed screw pumps at the influent headworks with a new four MGD (million gallons per day) enclosed screw pump; replacing the existing jet aeration system in the existing aeration basins with a new, more efficient fine bubble diffused aeration system; replacing the three existing 75 hp (horsepower) multi-stage centrifugal blowers in the existing blower building with three new 75 hp high speed, high efficiency turbine-type blowers; and modifying the grit removal system at the influent headworks by replacing the existing aerated grit removal system with a new 12 MGD vortex-style grit removal system.
Crowell said, depending on the weather, it may be dusty or muddy at the work site.
He added the changes being made will save $60,000-$65,000 a year in electrical costs, saying it will be a more efficient plant.
Crowell said bids should be let May 2012, construction should begin July 2012 and the project should be finished by January 2013.
During the regular meeting last week, which was opened in prayer by city attorney Jim Glasgow Jr., the council,
• Approved the purchase of six properties for $1 each from Obion County, which were acquired in a delinquent tax sale. They include 708 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 604 North Division St., 718 Glendale St., 722 Greenwood St., 713 North Morgan St. and 1115 East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
• Agreed to purchase bleachers from Anthem Sports for $16,685.47. The stationary bleachers are being required by the city’s insurance company, Tennessee Municipal League. Turf Management Director Chris Crockett said there is a five-year plan to replace the bleachers.
• Purchased a two-ton truck bed/salt spreader from Hooper’s Repair LLC for $19,183.
• Transferred the railroad spur at the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center to Mi-Jack or its designee. Mi-Jack owns Greenfield Products. Ms. Dillon said the transfer was the intention from the onset of the project. She added it takes experience, which Greenfield Products has, to run the spur and Mi-Jack can meet CN requirements, where the city cannot. The property to be transferred is not to exceed six acres.
• Agreed to seek bids for the demolition of a dwelling at 725 North Clover St.
• Was asked to check on a burned-out home on Morgan Street between Gibbs and Palmer streets. Councilman Dianne Eskew said it is “a very bad eyesore.”
• Discussed where speed limits signs are placed on First Street downtown. There is one 35 mph sign going north about 50 feet south of Bransford Street and two 25 mph signs going south — one at First and Main streets and another at First and Lee streets.
Public Works Director Steve Ladd said his department can place additional signs if the council wishes.
• Learned from councilman Billy Jack “B.J.” Cranford that the sign at Cambridge and Manchester streets is down again. Ladd said he thinks someone is taking it down.
• Discussed the home on Main Street at Clover Street where bushes are making it difficult for motorists to see pulling from Clover Street onto Main Street. Ladd said they have cut back some of the bushes, but councilman Bill “Rat” Harrison suggested some need to be removed and others cut back more.
Ladd said a letter could be written to the homeowner letting him know the council’s wishes that the bushes be cut. He added there used to be a tree there that caused a problem but “the good Lord” took care of it for them.
Councilman Judy Robin-son suggested that the matter be looked at to see if accidents are actually occurring at the intersection before the city forces the resident to do something.
• Heard a letter from Main Street executive director Phyllis Rauchle expressing her appreciation for and praising the police and the city for all they did to help make the community Christmas tree lighting event a success.
Harrison added that the Union City Jaycees also did a “really good job with the Christmas parade.”
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 12.14.11

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