PLAIN CITY -- The elimination of one lift station and the rehabilitation of another was discussed at a recent city council meeting, and the city is considering rerouting the sewer pumping process through the city.
Public Works Director Mitch Willson said the city has already purchased some pumps that will work well, and they still have a factory warranty. Willson said Big D Construction offered to sell the pumps to the city after they found they were not large enough for a job at Hill Air Force Base.
"They still have three years on the factory warranty," Willson said. He said he has also found someone to purchase the old city pump.
"We paid $5,000 for two pumps, a panel and a level controller," he said. "The panel new would cost $7,000 and the pumps $5,000 apiece."
Willson said Station No. 9, which is west of the Chevron on 1975 North, has been in the ground for 40 years and needs some rehabilitation work. Willson said 17 lift stations are currently operating in Plain City.
"You have a priority list, and this is the next one up?" Mayor Jay Jenkins said.
"It is one of the top three," Willson said. "This is the last station on 1975 North until the sewer reaches the sewer ponds. (Station) 12 is older but is in good working condition -- there's not many issues with that at all."
In response to a question from Councilman Brent White, Wilson said five other lift stations also need rehabilitation.
Willson said lift station No. 6 is also 40 years old and needs some attention.
"The alarms went off quite a few times in the last few weeks," Willson said.
He said when the city runs line up 5100 West, there is the potential to turn it at 1500 North and run it down that direction, which would completely eliminate the need for lift station No. 6.
"It needs a new wet well. The concrete is deteriorating," Willson said. "It is quite expensive to replace a wet well."
Council members plan to continue discussion on the two lift stations, with White assisting in reviewing all options with Willson.