Madison Village Council authorizes purchases of new and essential equipment for wastewater treatment plant – News-Herald

Madison Village Council authorizes purchases of new and essential equipment for wastewater treatment plant – News-Herald

The Madison Village government is hoping to start a major infrastructure project later this year that eventually will lead to the decommissioning of the community’s wastewater treatment plant.

But until that endeavor — which involves a sanitary sewer interconnection — is completed, the village still needs to keep its wastewater treatment plant running properly. That point has been emphasized at the past two Village Council meetings, when action was taken to secure new equipment for the plant.

“It’s unfortunate that we’ve got pushed into having to replace some of these things when (the wastewater treatment plant) is only going to continue being operational for a short time, but there’s really no way around it,” village Administrator Dwayne Bailey said.

Council, during its March 28 meeting, approved a $4,300 purchase order for a motor controller to be installed in the plant.

“We have a motor controller that is disintegrating and we need that to operate,” Bailey said. “We could still technically operate with that, but it will lead to large amounts of overtime, because the plant doesn’t function in automatic mode … and pretty much you get an alarm and have to go in and reset things.”

The village will buy it from Bayhurst Industrial Electronics of Erie, Pennsylvania.

Then, at council’s March 14 meeting, the panel authorized a purchase order for $9,860 to obtain a new pump.

“This pump has already been rebuilt twice, and now the casing is beyond repair,” Bailey said.

He described the acquisition of the new pump as “necessary and an emergency expenditure.”

The village will buy the device from Craun Liebing Co. of Westlake.

Bailey explained that the village has been trying to avoid spending money on upgrades at the plant because of a sanitary sewer interconnection project that is expected to start later this year.

The project will involve construction of a new trunk line to convey the village’s wastewater to Lake County’s sanitary sewer pump station, which is located near the 2700 block of Hubbard Road in Madison Township.

The county will complete a companion project to either make improvements to that pump station or put in a new trunk line to direct the village’s sanitary sewage to the Lake County Utilities Department Wastewater Plant on Dock Road in Madison Township.

It’s anticipated that Madison Village will seek bids early this month from contractors to construct its portion of the project.

Village government leaders estimate that the sanitary sewer interconnection will be completed and functioning at least by spring of 2023. At that point, the village will stop accepting and treating wastewater, and decommission its wastewater treatment plant on Middle Ridge Road.

In addition, the village ultimately will transfer billing, operations and administration of sewer and water service in the community to the Lake County Utilities Department.

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