Hadden said the EPD requires the city to do something with the particulates taken out of the settlement basins and back washed out of filter. For the last 12 years, the water has settled in numerous holding ponds with the discharge going into Tobler Creek.
Current, slug-holding capacity falls short of the need.
“EPD has issued new regulations on that discharged water, and we're not quite able to meet those,” Hadden said.
The best option would be reopening a sludge thickener built in 1972 and taken out of operation in 2001. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money totaling $480,000 would put that back into service to help with EPD standard compliance.
“We wouldn't discharge to the ponds at all,” the water treatment superintendent said.
The project would take six months to complete, and City Manager Barry Jarrett said the plans are already laid out.
In other news:
• Council signed a letter drafted by the CSHLRA asking for state reprieve from the scheduled Crag Center closing at the end of 2013.
• Councilman Phillip Joiner, District 4, motioned to accept Dr. Collinda Lee, District 1, as Mayor Pro Tempore, which passed unanimously. As Mayor Pro Tempore, Lee will conduct council business in the absence of Mayor Richard Bentley.
• The city agreed to pay $1,562 four times per year during the next two years to hold up their end of an OneGeorgia loan for the spec building at the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Industrial Park. Jarrett said the payments would put the development authority over its allotted budget of $131,348. The city manager questioned if the city ever committed to the loan but agreed to issue the check today.
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