Curtiss Shewmaker was expected to come before the council to present his proposal for a pump station that would serve ten houses along the Belt Line (yet to be built), but, he didn't show at the meeting.
However, the city council is granting the opportunity once again this Tuesday for Shewmaker to present his project and answer any questions.
In a letter dated Feb. 9, Shewmaker addressed the council asking permission to allow the hook-up of ten house lots, located on the Belt Line, to the city's waste water system. The property is located just outside city limits.
Shewmaker stated the request would bring revenue to the city, without expenditure of city funds.
Shewmaker said he would be responsible for paying a tap fee of $150 per dwelling added to the system, paying for all cost of boring beneath the Belt Line, paying cost to perform a ‘wet' tap into the force main, installing a lift station which will pump the water into the main, and maintaining that main and lift station in perpetuity - all a no cost to the city.
As requested from some members of the city council, the city's engineering firm, R & R Consultants, rounded up some data for the council to consider. Especially since the city's waste water treatment plant (WWTP) is climbing close to capacity.
On Feb. 23, R & R corresponded to safety director James Pursifull in a written letter, stating that after their review, they felt the flow and organic loading from ten houses would not impact the treatment plant, adding the facility has more than adequate reserve to handle the addition.
R & R also suggested the city asked questions, including if any other homes would be added in the future to this system, what the expected flow from this pump station would be and the size of the pumps.
The consultants also said before any additional flow is added to the main, a system curve should be performed on the main from Noetown to Binghamtown and the main from Binghamtown to the treatment plant, adding it could impact the main pump station.
Cost estimates for gathering the required data and performing a system curve would be around $5,000 and should be borne by the developer. The time frame to do this would be anywhere between seven to ten days to complete.
“If the force main and pumping systems can handle the additional flow, then the developer should submit plans and specifications to the city prior to construction of any sewers or pump station,” said R&R project manager Paul Danheiser.
He said the new sewers and pump station should be designed according to the city's standards, and the city should be allowed to review the construction, testing and startup for the new sewers, force main and pump station.
Lastly, it was recommended the city have a flow meter installed on the station to ensure they are not receiving additional infiltration/inflow.
City council will meet Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Middlesboro city hall.