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City council to discuss water plant, sidewalk projects

Sep 25, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL

 

While the purpose of the special meeting the Washington City Council is holding at 6 p.m. Tuesday is as a workshop to discuss certain issues, the council is expected to vote on permanent funding for the city’s water plant project.

Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson said the council has already approved the plans and the contract for the project and the vote on Tuesday is to pay for the project.

The water plant project is scheduled to begin later this year. The project will completely redo the Washington Water Treatment Plant. It will convert the treatment from an electrodialysis reversal process to reverse osmosis. It is scheduled to happen over an 18-month period, mostly because the plant will have to keep operating throughout the process. The project includes construction of a new building addition, demolition of the existing pump building, abandonment of the 1992 underground clearwell and pump, addition of a chemical feed or aerator on top of an existing 2015 ground storage reservoir, and reinstallation of the existing high service pumps within the building. The addition will include reverse osmosis treatment skids, a dedicated electrical room, chemical feed rooms, HVAC room, generator and power service combinations, and a new control system.

Hinson said the council will discuss the stop light at Main Street and Second Avenue. He said the council will consider removing the light. He said the light is very old and none of the ground conduit works.

The council also will discuss a proposed sidewalk alonf East Washington Street to Wal-Mart. While the idea of the sidewalk that would connect the city to Wal-Mart has been discussed since the new building was opened, there has been little progress on it. Hinson said the city had looked seriously at the project in 2015 and allocated some funding. The city unsuccessfully applied for a riverboat grant at the time to cover the remaining cost of the project.

Hinson believes the target budget for the project should be about $150,000 or more. He said there is a 200 foot stretch where a retaining wall would be required. He also said sidewalk costs would be about $40 per square yard. He also said there are challenges with the project, including one property on the south side that is not inside city limits.

“If the city council is interested in pursuing this project, I would recommend hiring an engineer to examine options and develop updated cost estimates this fall, in order to be ready to budget this for Fiscal 2018-19,” he said. “We could examine the impact of inserting funding for the project into the 2018 bond issue if desired, as that seems like the best source available for the project at this time.”

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