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Council maintains contract with company

Thursday, November 24, 2011

David McFaddin
CARBON -- Although the Carbon Town Council considered hiring another company to help solve its wastewater treatment plant issues, council members decided to keep working with Commonwealth Engineers, Inc.

During a special meeting Wednesday, the council voted to retain business services with Commonwealth, but they are requesting Commonwealth Vice President Mark Sullivan make revisions on the current contract.

Council member Dennis Rightsell made the motion to continue business, with David McFaddin giving the second.

Council members said they are choosing the no action alternative, and want the new plans to reflect the choice.

Since September, council members expressed they are worried Carbon doesn't have enough funding to meet the water quality standard improvements the state has mandated.

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the State of Indiana added two new criteria standards, which requires a limit of discharge for ammonia and E. coli levels.

Currently, Carbon's waste stabilization lagoons are in violation of the new standards.

Although the violation doesn't pose a threat to any citizens, the town is still responsible for solving the issue.

The existing lagoons are not designed to effectively treat ammonia in cold weather.

Council members said the current system meets the state's ammonia standards for the majority of the year, but when temperatures drop during winter month, ammonia levels increase.

However, the council is still searching for ways to reduce ammonia levels in the wastewater lagoons during winter months that are still cost effective and practical choices for the town.

Doug Clodfelter suggested the council look into an experimental treatment choice called SolarBees.

"I would like us to see if the company would install them for us to see they will do what we need during colder weather," Clodfelter said. "It's supposed to recirculate the water, and allow the bacteria that eat ammonia to grow."

Clodfelter said if the council decided to implement SolarBees into each lagoon tank, the total cost would be less than $100,000.

The council members could purchase the systems from Bradley Innovation Group, Inc., located in Ladoga, Ind.

Clodfelter also said this is something the council is considering an option and no one knows when or if they will follow through with the plan.

Carbon's next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

In addition, the council plans to formulate and discuss wastewater plans with Commonwealth and have a new contract by the Wednesday, Jan. 4, meeting, also set for 7 p.m.

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