A new report from the town's sewer plant consulting engineer, JVA, has led the Cedaredge trustees on Oct. 17 to instruct the town administration to apply for a site permit for a new sewer treatment plant.
Trustees took little time deciding that one of the alternatives offered by the new report was the one they had been hoping for many months to find.
The new report, issued by JVA as an 18-plus page "amendment" to their original study, evaluates various configuration options for using the current 9.9-acre, town-owned sewer lagoon site for construction of a new sewage treatment plant.
A contentious search for the new sewer plant's location and evaluation of 13 candidate sites has embroiled the community and town board all year long. When all is said and done, the trustees have decided that the best location for the new location will be the present location of the town's aging sewage treatment lagoon system.
Siting of a wastewater treatment plant requires approval by the state health department. The town's permit application will be for permission to build a new plant on the 9.9-acre site where the lagoons now are located. They would stay in operation during construction of the new facility.
The 9.9 acres had for various reasons been rejected as the new plant location earlier in the site selection process. The new study revises the original opinion by the engineers.
The JVA engineers propose using elevated terrain above the current sewer lagoons for the site of a new treatment facility.
The project total cost comes in at just over $3 million. The 20-year operations and maintenance total is estimated at $2.1 million, which trustees judged as near to what the current lagoon system costs to run. (Figures are stated in today's dollar values.)
Treated effluent from the sewer plant would be pumped back uphill to Jay Road and discharged into Surface Creek, under the current scenario. There would be an option to use that treated effluent for golf course irrigation.
The town is working under a mandate from the state health department and must have its new sewer plant built, certified and operating by 2018.blog comments powered by Disqus