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Deer Creek lift-station at critical stage

Updated: December 4, 2012 1:34PM



WINFIELD — The Town Council has a new president and the Sewer Board is facing the urgent need to fix the Deer Creek lift station.

On Nov. 27 the council elected Gerry Steiner president. Don Samburg was elected vice president.

Steiner not only takes over as council president as of Dec. 1, but also as president of the Sewer Board.

At the meeting, the council approved an agreement to enter into a contract to get the property and the lift station at Deer Creek in the town’s name. This has been an ongoing issue since April of 2012. It has taken this long for the attorneys for the town, the bank that has foreclosed on the property, the developer of the Deer Creek subdivision, and the developer of Wyndance that is served by the Deer Creek lift station to come to agreement.

The Sewer Board deferred its vote so they would have time to read the contract as requested by board member B.C. Spears.

At the meeting and later, Samburg said, “I circulated this same agreement in April and not a single Sewer Board member had a comment.” He added, “This (agreement) was arrived at in April and waiting for (Deer Creek developer) Vandyke’s property settlement.”

Samburg also wanted to know why, in all that time they, members didn’t have time to go through the contract.

Steiner wanted to get the agreement signed, too. He said, “Then we have to get the title in place and then we own it. There are some things unfortunately that the lift station was not approved for that we have to change.”

The town will have to put a bypass in so if there is a pump failure the town can pump out the raw sewage quickly. They do not want another raw sewage overflow into Deer Creek.

Samburg, who has been working out in the field looking at all of the sewer works for the town, said that the Deer Creek lift station is absolutely in urgent need of repairs.

According to Samburg there is only one pump operational, the backup generator is out of operation, and there is no bypass on the station. There was a failure in January 2012 that had raw sewage dumping into Deer Creek, and they didn’t know it because the alarms were not working either.

He is very worried that if it fails the town would have to have pumper trucks to be filled and refilled. It would take a steady stream of trucks. Those heavy trucks would have to travel a little gravel road in winter. That also worries him.

Samburg was meeting John Phipps, principal of NIES Engineering, at the site on Friday afternoon. “We have to aggressively move to install a bypass which would allow us to operate a skid-loaded pump to operate a discharge into the outgoing lines,” said Samburg.

NIES has been hired by the town to inspect the entire sanitary sewer system that the town now owns, or will completely own when Deer Creek changes title.

Later Friday Steiner said, “It’s not good at all. It is operating. We have been working on the mess left by the previous council. Why these guys (the Sewer Board) did not approve the agreement with Van Dyke, the bank, and (Wyndance developer) Thieneman so we can get in there and take care of all repairs that need to be done, I will never understand.”

The town has $25,000 of Thieneman’s money that they are holding to get this done. “We have gotten bids. We should be close. At the end of the day it is our problem and (the Deer Creek Lift Station) needs to be fixed,” said Steiner.



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