The City Council of Pelican Rapids met in continued session at , on Tuesday,
Mayor Runningen reconvened the
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?
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 Motion passed unanimously.