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Council to consider sewer funding

November 14, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Elkins City Council will consider funding Thursday to help the city kick start work on a long term control plan for the city's storm water and sewer system.

Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said the work is required as part of a consent decree with the EPA because of the city's failure to meet the Clean Water Act.

During council's meeting slated for Thursday, council will consider an ordinance to obtain bond funding of $600,000 to help begin the project.

Pingley said the money will be used until the city receives funding from the state revolving fund.

Pingley said according to the decree the city must start work on the first phase of the long term control plan that will help separate the storm sewer from the sanitary sewer. Pingley said the first phase of the work includes College Street sewer separation, Barron Avenue rehabilitation, Kerens Avenue and Wilson Street sewer separation. The work will cost anywhere from $2-2.5 million.

"We were recommended for state revolving money," Pingley said. "It is a 40 -year-loan with 0 percent interest and a 0.5 percent administration fee. It is not grant money, but it is the next best thing."

Pingley said the bond funding will be used by the city until the state money becomes available. He said the funding will be used for administrative fees, lawyer fees and design work.

The decree was signed in 2007 and Pingley said the work will help the overall capacity of the sewer plant. The city must separate the two systems because in high rain events the storm sewer and sanitary sewer overflow, dumping sewage directly into the water.

"There will be less volume in the system," he said. "That means less will go into the river."

Pingley said phase one of the project could change the second phase. Plans for phase two include a Lavalette Street and Elm Street sewer separation and the purchase of a new jetter/vector truck. Phase two will have to be designed by April 30, 2019; construction must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021; and post construction monitoring must be submitted by March 31, 2023.

City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday in council chambers at city hall.



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