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PUBLIC WORKS TEAM 9-28-16 LMS

Determining impacts on the cityís sewage treatment plant, if it were to start accepting extra fecal materials collected at North Fork from Middle Fork float trips, was a topic at the September 14 meeting of the cityís Public Works Team

Team Chairman and City Council President Jim Baker told the September 28 meeting of the City Council that Forest Service representatives Larry Vogel and Alex Sholes were in attendance at the Public Works meeting. It was decided that City Community Development Project Coordinator Mary Cerise will contact the Keller and Associates firm about obtaining an engineering estimate to determine if the cityís sewage treatment plant can adequately treat the anticipated sewerage increase. When the meeting report was given to the full City Council on September 28 Baker explained it is not being proposed that the city pay Keller for the sewage estimate. He said it will be up to the Forest Service to decide if the agency wants to proceed with an engineering cost estimate.

The team also heard about contract revisions and the planned schedule of the sidewalk replacement project on Main Street. Another topic was address and name changes to non-connecting city streets. The team decided to forward the discussion to the full council.

Baker said a review of water and sewer non-standard account agreements will be continued at the teamís next meeting as will the planning of future curb/sidewalk and street improvements on VanDreff from Water Street to the river dike next to Veteranís Park. The goal of the improvements discussion is to determine alternatives as well as associated costs in time to be considered in next yearís budget decisions.

Public Works Superintendent Harry Shanafelt brought up the need to replace an existing Kids Creek culvert at Water Street and Gwartney. He was told by Cerise that fish habitat or Local Technical Assistance Council (LTAC) funds may be available for that type of project.

Cerise also provided the team with a copy of the cityís Transportation Plan to review and discuss later.

Baker said the next Public Works Team meeting will take place on October 12 at 2PM in the City Hall Conference Room.


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