ELIDA — It appears all systems are go for a wastewater screening facility to be constructed for Elida’s wastewater treatment plant.
Because it was a committee meeting, Elida Village Council could only vote to recommend to go ahead with the project. However, because the council met as the Council-as-a-Whole Committee, it was likely only a formality to be approved at the next council meeting Tuesday as an emergency. The council could possibly hold out to have two readings and approve the move Nov. 10.
Village Administrator Dave Metzger gave councilors a brief overview of the project. The council had considered the project for about a year and a half and had approved Jones and Henry Engineers out of Toledo to do a design for the project. The initial design was recently finished and the project is ready to go, Metzger said.
Two bids were given for the project, with Peterson Construction in Wapakoneta the low bidder at $2.4 million. Once approved by the council, construction would begin likely in the spring with a target completion date of Nov. 1.
The council considered the project after a suggestion was made by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to upgrade its facility. The facility will essentially screen out solids in village wastewater so sludge can be placed in a more efficient manner.
“It makes it so our sludge can be land-applied more efficiently,” Metzger said. “It will make it much more efficient.”
Elida had been meeting EPA guidelines in its particle measurements in its wastewater, but Metzger said there was about twice a year on average where they may exceed EPA limits.
“We are at the point where we can go forward,” Metzger said. “I just need to know what direction you want me to go.”
The council agreed to have the legislation drew up formally to be approved at Tuesday’s meeting or the first meeting in November.
“This will be a big help in allowing us to stay in compliance,” Mayor Kim Hardy said. “It is much more efficient.”
The plan is the first of a two-phase project the village has on the table, with a new treatment plant also being discussed once the screening facility is completed. Council has scheduled a tentative 2023 date to build the new treatment plant.
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