Next water deadline in February

Friday, December 17, 2004

The McCook City Council will learn that the next important deadline in its water solution is approaching.

The council will be asked Monday at 7:30 p.m., in the Council Chamber at McCook Auditorium to receive and file an updated compliance schedule for the city's water treatment plant. According to the schedule, approved by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency, the city has three separate deadlines to meet in addition to the final completion date of March 1, 2006.

The first deadline was met by the city when it forwarded its treatment plans to the two agencies in October. The next deadline, plans for the construction of the building at the treatment facility must be completed by Feb. 15 and the final interim deadline, the instrumentation and control package, must be met by May 20, 2005.

The council also will be given three options as to how the city will dispose of the waste products produced by the treatment facility. Those three options include pumping the effluent of the wastewater treatment plant for disposal into the Republican River, dehydrating the excess water in the chemicals in evaporation ponds at the treatment site or deep well injection of the wastes.

W Design and Jacobson Helgoth, the engineering firms hired to develop the city's water treatment facility will be at the meeting to discuss the advantages and risks of each option.

A report on the pilot study currently under way on the type of media to be used in the city's ion exchange water treatment will be delivered to the council. The results of the study will be made available to vendors by Dec. 24, to help them prepare the bids for developing the city's treatment plant equipment.

A special meeting has been called for Monday, Jan. 10, to award a contract for the purchase of the equipment. During that meeting, the council will also review a comprehensive debt management report on the $13.4 million water improvement project and the $3,7 million sewer improvement project.

In other action the council:

* Will be asked to decide how it would like to proceed in collecting unpaid rent in the amount of $1,267.94 from Steve Fritz, the renter of the farm ground surrounding the McCook Airport.

* Will be asked to approve an agreement with Red Willow County to purchase fuel for city and county vehicles from Frenchman Valley Coop at five cents per gallon below the pump price.

* Approve an ordinance renaming the Library Board to be the Library Advisory Board and second reading.

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