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Sewer board continues work at Berkshire plant

Sewer board continues work at Berkshire plant Sewer board continues work at Berkshire plant
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Harrison County Regional Sewer District board had its monthly meeting Friday to go over operational reports and updates on recent developments at its plants, especially regarding work needing to be done at the Berkshire wastewater treatment plant near New Salisbury.

The Berkshire plant has had a lot of work done to it since the board took over ownership; failing pump units and numerous testing methods to find the source of line damage are just a few things that have had to be done. Now it seems the next step is to get an air release valve situation fixed.

Putting a new ARV unit in place, according to Bob Woosley, of Heritage Engineering, will improve the ability of the pump to better handle the flow going out.

Woosley recommended the board move ahead and hire a company for $2,715, a price he was quoted to install a district-provided ARV. However, he noted this recommendation came with the understanding that the board may have to purchase a new ARV for up to $1,000. His hopes are that a neighboring township has one in its inventory that could be borrowed in order to prevent that extra cost.

The board unanimously approved Woosley’s recommendation, and he agreed to take action immediately on this matter.

The theme of the meeting seemed to be discussion about the Berkshire plant. At last month’s meeting, the board discussed the possibility of applying for state revolving funds, which currently have low interest rates, to help with the ongoing expansion plans of the plant. To qualify to apply for the funding, the board must submit an engineering report, which Woosley told the board Friday, is essentially close to completion due to work on prior projects.

“I feel confident we can score high on their evaluation and hopefully get the funds to move ahead with expanding the plant,” Woosley said.

The board unanimously agreed to have Woosley and Heritage Engineering continue moving forward with this report.

In other business, the board also voted to have an electrician meet with Steve Tolliver, of Aqua Utility Services, at the Lanesville Lift Station in the coming month. Tolliver said he has been seeing a lot of surges on what he considers to be top-of-the-line equipment and that pumps are prone to trip breakers out there frequently. He said he has yet to find the source for why this is happening and that turning it over to an electrical team would be the board’s best option.

The board agreed with Tolliver and unanimously approved his request to have an electrician look into the matter.

The next regional sewer district meeting is set for Friday, Oct. 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Harrison County Government Center in Corydon.