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Council takes action on telemetry systems

October 3, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Parsons City Council announced Tuesday the city will send an ultimatum to several companies regarding faulty telemetry systems.

The telemetry systems were installed more than two years ago for the Parsons water and wastewater treatment centers. Since the installation date, there have been problems with the equipment, officials said.

"The time has come that we've got to take some action on it, " Councilman Timothy Auvil said.

Council plans to send their complaints to three companies. High Tide Technologies is the manufacturer of the equipment, while the city purchased the units through Trombold Equipment Company. H&S Controls is the company who installed the telemetry systems.

According to council, on April 21, 2010, satellite telemetry systems were ordered for the city wastewater treatment plant and their two lift stations.

Including installation, the cost was $27,925.

On June 02, 2010, satellite telemetry systems were ordered for the water treatment plant, raw water intake station, Fork Mountain storage tank and Fork Mountain booster station, according to the city. Including installation, the cost was $46,946.

The total cost for the systems was $74,871, not including a communications package that is incurred annually at a cost of $2,010, according to the city.

One issue with the telemetry system is the existence of dead spots that hinder each ground unit's communication with satellites, officials said.

In addition, council said the system provides false indications that the pumps at the water plant are running. This false message can continue for up to two hours and distorts information about service intervals for the plant's pump motors.

Some parts of the installation at the wastewater plant were never completed and one telemetry box that has been installed at that location is not working properly, officials said.

Council will be sending a written statement to each of the above companies stating they have 30 days to make the telemetry system fully functional. If that request is not met, legal action will be taken.

After the letter is sent, a confirmation receipt will be sent back to the council. The 30-day period will begin once each receipt is received.

In other news, Parsons City Council has two new members.

Philip F. Fansler and Hoy "Pete" Roy will fill the previously vacant Ward Two positions.

Tucker County clerk Sherry Simmons administered the oath of office to the two new councilmen at the beginning of Tuesday's meeting.

Following the oath, Auvil reported on the city park board and spoke about the wellness center.

"There are some really positive things happening with the parks," he said. "They are making some progress to generate revenue at the wellness center."

One of the ways in which the wellness center is making money is through dance classes that are currently taking place.

"I think it's generating interest in the facility," Auvil said.

He expects that programs like the dance classes will draw people to the facility as a whole.

Also in Tuesday's meeting, city administrator Jason Myers presented a booklet of energy savings measures that are taking place at different buildings in Tucker and the surrounding counties.

The Charles W. "Bill" Rosenau Municipal Building received a new HVAC system and a lighting upgrade, he said.

Total energy used within the building was reduced 17 percent from 2010 to 2011. Every month of 2011 had lower energy usage when compared to the same month from the previous year, Myers said.

Myers also presented a proposal to create an arboretum at the Parsons Nursery Bottom site of the U.S. Forest Service.

The three-phase project will include providing signs on the existing trees so that they are easily identifiable. Minor improvements such as the removal of hazardous plants or tree limbs can also be a part of the first phase.

Formal projects to further educate the public are included in phase two.

Phase three includes even more physical development. The planting of more trees may take place in the final phase.

A financial plan would also be a part of phase three, created in part to decide ways to attract more visitors to the site.

The following personnel matters were decided:

Arnold B. Owens'resignation has been accepted, effective Sept. 28.

David Snider will be hired as a full time employee for the city. He will move between the city and parks department as required.

A water operator must now be present at all times at the city water treatment plant during water productions.

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