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TEAM DISCUSSES STORM DRAINS AND WATER LINES 8-15-12 LMS

The city’s Public Works Team heard a progress report on the city’s waste water treatment plant upgrade at its August 8 meeting according to a report by Team Chairman Fred Waidely.

City Councilman Waidely told the August 15 meeting of the Salmon City Council that City Administrator George Ambrose informed the team the engineering phase is running behind schedule and will not be completed until late September or early October. It is anticipated bidding on the project will take place in December and construction will start in the Spring of 2013.

Waidely said a sewer backup issue at Discounts Unlimited has been resolved and the size of the line servicing Monk Street was discussed. He said City Public Works Superintendent Mickey Verbeck has taken pressure readings on the line and found 130 to 140 psi is being delivered though a two inch and one and a quarter inch line. It was determined that amount of pressure is adequate service for domestic water use demands. Waidely said there is a possible need for an additional fire hydrant in that area which would require installation of a six inch water main. Waidely said the possibility will need to be put on a priority list for 2014.

The recent backup of a storm drain on North St. Charles Street was discussed. The incident occurred during a recent severe storm. The Public Works Department has checked the drain for a possible obstruction and none was found. The drain system is considered to be adequate except that it is not designed to handle sudden flash flood conditions. It was noted the area is in a flood hazard area but for all the aforementioned reasons it was decided no action will be taken.

The team looked into a situation that developed when water was shut off due to non-payment of a water bill. It found that three rental units are being serviced by one water meter. Waidely said since the units were developed prior to November 1, 1992, there is no requirement for each unit to have its own meter. He said the issue is one that is between the landlord and tenant to insure water bill payment.

The Public Safety Team discussed sidewalk conditions and Waidely said a schedule and priority list will be developed by the Public Works Department and City Administrator. Sidewalks will be inspected for needed upgrades or repairs.

The team checked on a report of needed repairs to an alley surface between Andrews and South St. Charles Streets. Some fill material has been dumped there and Verbeck will inspect the results to see if more is needed.

The next Public Safety Team meeting will be September 12 at 2 PM in the Salmon Valley meeting room.


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