Council approves engineering plan for sewer plant

SALINEVILLE-Last week council members approved an engineering proposal for the village waste water treatment plant upgrade project. The plan will allow the joint Board of Public Affairs (BPA) and Village Council committee to apply for loans to refund upgrades and repairs at the plant.

Joint committee president Brian Zaverl explained that in order for the committee to apply for grants and loans through the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), who has partnered with the village on the project, they must first submit a written engineering plan. The committee has until the end of August to submit the plan, according to Zaverl.

“We’re under a real time restraint with this,” said Zaverl.

East Liverpool engineering firm Dallis Dawson & Associates has been contracted by the village to do all of the engineering for the project and was responsible for developing the engineering plan. A copy of the engineering plan shows that the village plans to address the most urgently needed repairs and upgrades first, in what is being called phase one of the project.

Repairs and upgrades in phase one include replacing the existing raw sewage lift pump, replacing the 2 existing clarifier skimmer systems and removal and replacement of the diffusers inside the aeration tanks. The plan also included a cost proposal detailing the cost of engineering service for phase one of the project. The cost is a “lump sum fee” of $30,080.00.

Village council approved the engineering plan unanimously.

In February, village officials received a letter from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) informing them of multiple issues at the plant which placed the village in violation of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

To be in compliance with the EPA and to prevent future problems, the joint committee developed a two-stage plan with the help of RCAP representatives. The first stage will consist of addressing areas of the plant which the EPA cited as problems, so as to not be assessed any financial penalties. The second phase consists of preventive maintenance to replace and rehabilitate some of the plant’s aging components.