Public works committee approves filing for EPA permit

Public works committee approves filing for EPA permit

By Misty Fritz

A water break discovered the week before Christmas on Burke Street (between Cherry and Mulberry streets) necessitated an emergency replacement of a portion of a water transmission main, and Carlinville’s Public Works Committee voted Tuesday night to approve filing a permit request for that project.

Daniel Held, project manager for Woodard and Curran, explained that a break occurred Dec. 20 on the 1.5-inch line, which serves five customers. “It was leaking, so we dug it up. We put a clamp over the leak, we put the water back to it, and it sprung a leak at a different place. We went to fix that leak and it sprung a leak at another place,” said Held, noting the line could not be repaired and instead a 280-foot section had to be replaced. “Anytime you unearth something like that, EPA requires that you address that issue.” As a result, on Dec. 21 the city crews laid new four-inch main and tied in the customers’ service lines, working from about 8 a.m. until about 8 p.m. In accordance with EPA requirements, samples were taken twice, and the customers’ water was restored before Christmas.

Held explained that in this kind of situation, the city has to call the Illinois EPA to get an emergency permit, which he did. Then, after the work is done, the city has to go through the formal permit process, and the permit has to be signed by an engineer. The committee agreed to pay MECO Engineering up to $1,500 to file the permit.

The committee also discussed snow removal over the weekend. “I do want to thank all of the guys that worked over the weekend,” said Mayor Deanna Demuzio. “We had a full contingent of guys working.”

“I personally thought that the city did a very good job, considering that it just kept snowing forever,” said Alderwoman Cindy Campbell. “I was able to get around okay, and I thought they did a fantastic job. It’s not nothing to try to keep that done when it just keeps coming down.”

In his monthly report, Held noted the wastewater treatment plant treated 27.82 million gallons of water in December; in that time, the water plant produced 21.12 million gallons of water and the street department completed 91 requests for services. From May 1 through Dec. 31, 2018, the street department completed a total of 1,154 requests.

In terms of finances, Woodard and Curran collected $194,890.29 in December and $1,612,888.86 from May 1 to Dec. 1. Held also pointed out that Woodard and Curran is approximately $67,940 over budget for the year, due largely to chemicals needed to treat Lake 1 instead of Lake 2 ($60,328), an unbudgeted National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System fee ($19,000, required annually by the EPA) that was paid, and safety improvements at all public works locations ($19,458), as well as increased overtime due to the snow event and a temporary staffing shortage. Repairs are also needed for the trickling filter and the sand filter pump, which will increase the over-budget amount, though that cost is not yet known.