City of Pelican Rapids 





The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in continued session at 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, 07-22-08, in Council Chambers, City Hall.  Mayor Wayne Runningen, Council Members Ben Woessner, Richard Peterson and John E. Waller, III were present.  Council Member Gottenborg was absent.  Administrator Don Solga, Clerk-Treasurer Glenys Ehlert, Utilities Superintendent Brent Frazier and Engineer Pat Reisnour were also present.


Mayor Runningen reconvened the 07-14-08 meeting.


Administrator Don Solga reported on meetings with West Central Turkeys, LLC, (WCT) regarding the Significant Industrial User Agreement (SIU) and the support agreement. Potential savings to WCT in reducing the size of the final clarifier would be $120,000.  Both parties agreed that it isn’t worth changing the SIU agreement for those savings.  Discussions touched on possibility of reducing the size of the storage tank from 2 million gallon tank to 1 million gallon tank without changing the SIU.  


Engineer Pat Reisnour said that the City and Industry together presently create only two-thirds of the wastewater permitted at this time at the mechanical plant and are producing one tenth of the sludge expected.  The City hauled sludge about five or six times in the past year for a total of 300,000 gallons of sludge. On the bio-solids portion of the phosphorous removal bid, based on the computations on present loadings, a 1 million tank would work and City could rebid the 2 million gallon tank on the alternate.


Engineer Reisnour reported that the City previously had installed aerators in the ponds.  These were disabled due to maintenance on the floating aeration system. 


Engineer Reisnour explained that wastewater comes from WCT to anaerobic lagoons and they haven’t been working properly.  By-pass valve will hopefully solve odor problem at the mechanical plant.  The question before the Council is: Does it make sense to install a system at a cost of $850,000 for aeration when the odor problem has gone away at the ponds? 


Administrator Don Solga:  We are trying to reduce odors through the installation of a system to bypass the lagoons.  If we’re just dealing with the aeration, do a change order to contractor after awarding contract.  This would have to be approved by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Public Facilities Authority (PFA).


Mayor Runningen: It was designed to have aeration. We’re not adding anything new. 


Administrator Solga:  If we change the project, we have potential savings of $365,000 on tank; $175,000 for backup power and $850,000 for aeration.  


Mayor Runningen:  I’d like to put the aeration in to give Superintendent Frazier more flexibility. 


Council Member Peterson said he does not want to spend money on aeration when we don’t know if that will solve the odor problem.


Engineer Reisnour said that the aeration does restore more pond storage.  He commented that the City could enter into an agreement with the successful contractor and do the aeration at the end of project which would give City an extra year.


Council discussed various items. 


Motion by Peterson, seconded by Woessner to adjourn the meeting at 6:58 p.m. Motion passed unanimously.




Glenys Ehlert, CMC



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