Uncategorized Lyndon City Council weighs wastewater options

Lyndon City Council weighs wastewater options

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LYNDON — The Lyndon City Council received recommendations to pursue both discharging and non-discharging lagoons, following talks on improving the city’s wastewater treatment options.

Julie Stutzman informed the council of an email with Bruce Boettcher, BG Consultants, at the Jan. 19 meeting.

“I included two emails from Bruce Boettcher, he had a conference with KDHE on Friday, Jan. 15,” said Stutzman. “It was a very positive meeting. His recommendation is to move forward and look into doing a discharging lagoon.”

Boettcher presented a proposal for wastewater improvements at a special meeting with the council Dec. 14, 2015. Options included rehabilitation to the current plant, installing a new mechanical plant, switching to a discharging or a non-discharging lagoon system and collection system improvements. The options ranged between roughly $2 to $6 million.

According the BG’s initial proposal, a non-discharging lagoon calls for around 44 acres of ponds, while a discharging lagoon is about 12 acres. The non-discharging lagoon was also at greater cost than discharging.

“He will be setting a time to meet with you guys on what the next step will be,” said Stutzman. “And, I assume, to see if that’s the route you want to take.”

Brandon Smith, mayor, mentioned a conversation with Dave Wilson, public works supervisor, and a representative from Kansas Rural Water Association.

“His suggestion, for sure, was looking into a non-discharging lagoon,” said Smith.

Wilson said the proposals from BG are set from the city’s current intake, but if infiltration and inflow (I&I), or excess water from damaged collection systems or excess water from above-ground sources, were minimized, a smaller lagoon system may be feasible.

“His thoughts are, if you get this I&I down, you could probably go with a smaller footprint on your lagoons,” said Wilson.

Council members recommended pursing options to lower infiltration and inflow (I&I) issues in talks with Boettcher.

In other business, the council:

• discussed a recent meeting with representatives from the city council, USD 421 Board of Education and the joint recreation commission. Members said the majority of discussion centered on the safety and longevity of light poles at the baseball and football fields.

“The meeting itself went very well,” said Smith.

• discussed financial updates and the 2016 budget with Stutzman, who said the 2016 budget will need to amended and republished, due to not splitting half percent and one percent city sales tax into separate funds.

“We don’t need to republish the whole budget, just certain areas,” said Stutzman.

• approved a sewer abatement request for Al and Layne Stevens in the amount of $18.50.

• held a 10-minute executive session for attorney-client matters with Pat Walsh, city attorney, present.

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