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City Of Peshtigo, BPM Working On River Access Agreement

Issue Date: March 11, 2020

Taryn Nall, Professional Engineer, Project Manager of Ruekert-Mielke Engineering, gave an update on Tuesday, March 10 at the City of Peshtigo Water and Sewer Committee meeting, announcing he received a copy of the access agreement for going onto BPM property for the River Crossing project.

Nall said, "The description on the document needs some minor tweaking and we need to proceed and get the agreement signed as soon as possible. We have authorization from Intertek PCI to do two borings and after that is done there are a whole bunch of things that will happen".

He also stated, "With the 2021 State fiscal year, the project received the maximum amount the state allows at 30% principal forgiveness due to the overflows and bypasses you have. Also, normally you would get 50 points, but you scored another 20 points for a total of 70 points. When you look at the clean water fund, only about 10% of those even reach the DNR or get to the application process. The application process is due to the DNR by Sept. 30. The Clean water application is then due to the DNR by April 30, 2021. You have to get the DNR the entire document and then they review it".

By November, the River Crossing project should receive approval and then should be able to start in early 2021. Nall said, "I like to match the loan and the financing closely so you don't have to get interim financing".

In communications, Patricia Archambault of 530 E Park Drive asked to be excused from paying the sewer portion of her water bill and anything else they can do on the upcoming water bill due to a mechanical failure while on vacation. She returned home to find thousands of dollars of damage to her home from water being sprayed onto the boiler causing it to short out resulting in pipes breaking, causing flooding in the boiler room in the garage and water flowing out of the 16 foot overhead garage door.

The sewer portion of the bill was $1,508.22 and the water portion was $1,271.48. The committee agreed to reduce the bill at an amount to be determined.

In his water utility report, Public Works Director George Cowell advised there were three service breaks with one between North Wood and Oconto Avenue from an abandoned manhole cover leak, another break at St. Mary's Church - School that was repaired but needs to be replaced after school is out and lastly in Industrial Park with water flowing in a ditch and that was repaired.

Letters were sent out to nine residents with unregistered wells that need to be tested and either be registered or abandoned, depending on the outcome of the test. If residents don't respond they can be taken to court with a fine imposed.

Letters will also be going out to schedule meter replacements. There are 100 meters available at this time and there will be six installations scheduled every Thursday. Cowell mentioned that all employees have ID badges to identify themselves when having to go to residents homes.

On the Waste Water Treatment side, Cowell reported he started bidding correspondence with the DNR for the PFAS sludge disposal. He said, "The DNR doesn't have a standard recommendation yet and we may have to look at alternative measures for disposal in the future. He will start some discussions with suppliers and consultants of what we can do and may have to press some to make more room. We will run out of room early this summer. We have 1.85 million gallons up on the hill and about 600,000 gallons in the lower basin that is not decanted yet, so probably have about two to three hundred gallon capacity left yet".

He said, "I did send an email to the State for the influent and effluent but nothing on the biosolids yet. I did email the State Lab to see if we can get those results...We are focused on keeping in contact with the State".

In other issues, Cowell stated, "One sewer was plugged with wipes on French Street. With the jetter unable to unclog it, we had to have a contractor come in to clean it out. I was also in contact about a jetter that was for sale, it is used but still working. Ours is in bad shape and don't know if it will get us through the season".

The River Crossing has been being monitored and it went up 30" in the last few days from the melting snow, ground water and sump pumps. The Department will be starting the sump pump inspection program and dedicating a person to that one day per week.

Jim Koronkowiecz of BPM advised the committee, "BPM has submitted the WPDES (Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit, all 417 pages to the DNR. A letter has also been sent in, confirming that all the documents are accurate". Koronkowiecz then addressed Taryn""I have one question, you mentioned, you have a copy of the access agreement, can I get a copy of that"? Nall responded, "There are just a couple of things that are in question that need to be changed and Attorney Spangenberg is in the process of finishing the draft".

The next meeting of the Sewer and Water Committee will be held Tuesday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m.


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