Sewer Board approves Deer Creek contract
By Kitty Conley email@example.com December 11, 2012 1:58PM
Updated: December 11, 2012 2:04PM
WINFIELD — The Sewer Board on Dec. 3 approved a contract on emergency improvements to the Deer Creek lift station. At a joint meeting with the Town Council on Nov. 27 the board had voted to defer the matter.
In between that meeting and Dec. 3, Town Councilman Gerry Stiener became president. This also made him the president of the Sewer Board.
Under his direction the Sewer Board approved the agreement to move forward with the process of taking ownership of the Deer Creek lift station and necessary access land.
Also approved was a contract with Nies Engineering, on an hourly basis, that had also already approved by the Town Council the previous week.
The emergency improvements include the immediate construction of a $5,200 bypass of the Deer Creek lift station to be done by Grimmer Construction.
According to Councilman Don Samburg the work that Grimmer will be doing at Deer Creek is installing an emergency bypass pipe as a way to handle the flow if the one and only pump at the lift station failsf.
The Deer Creek lift station has only one operable pump and no generator. If there were a failure, the town would have to pay to have tankers pump out all the raw sewage. Part of the worry is also that the access to the lift station is nothing more than a gravel road, according to Samburg.
Stiener still could not understand why this system was allowed to be constructed the way it was by previous administrations. Since this overflow pipe was not part of the approved original design of the lift station, according to Steiner the Town will have to foot the bill.
Both Stiener and Samburg felt assured that the town will have a contract for ownership of the land and lift station within a few weeks.
There is a contract with Thieneman Construction for the repairs to the current system that will be paid for by the $25,000 of Thieneman’s money the town is holding.