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FILTER SYSTEM EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS 5-18-11 LMS

The Blue Water Filter System currently being tested by a mobile pilot plant for possible use in the cityís Waste Water Treatment System is performing very well according to Salmon City Councilman Ken Gutzman.

Gutzman was asked by the council to explain the system. He said the Blue Water Filter System was engineered by the University of Idaho and patents on it are held by the university professors. Gutzman said the system seems to be filtering out the algae and is reaching prescribed quality standards while using an amount of chemicals that is only 10 percent of what was estimated it would take to meet discharge regulations. Gutzman said that represents a major savings on previously anticipated monthly costs.

Councilman Ron Radford commented that if the filter cleans as well as indicated in the tests there may be no need for the million dollar lagoon cover that was in proposed designs.

Nothing is definite at this point however city officials are very encouraged by preliminary filter system test results. Council members agreed that the water coming out of the filter system looks as clear as drinking water however no one volunteered to do a taste test.

In his Public Works Committee report committee Chairman Bud Bartlett relayed requests from Bob Wiederrick concerning moving a fence thatís located in an alley next to his property and building a turn-around to give vehicles a space to turn around when they reach the end of the dead end alley. The requests will be placed on the June 1st City Council meeting agenda for further discussion.

Bartlett reported the Stop sign at the intersection of Courthouse Drive and Highway 93 belongs to the state so it is up to state engineers to exchange it for a Yield sign if they choose to do so. The council had previously decided a Yield sign at that intersection would be more appropriate and workable especially during wintertime slick driving conditions.

Jeff Hill, the Chief Executive Officer of Steele Memorial Hospital, approached the Public Works Committee with a vacation request for a portion of VanDreff Street. Bartlett said the request has to do with safety issues. City Administrator George Ambrose said a vacation process begins with an application fee and submission of a street vacation application for City Council consideration.

The next Public Works Committee meeting will take place June 8th at 4:45PM in the Salmon Valley Center meeting room. The meetings are open to the public.


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