Council Approves Design Work for Wastewater Projects

At its meeting on Monday night, the City Council approved an engineering contract to develop final designs and bid specifications for a $3.6 million project at the wastewater treatment plant.

Town and Country Engineers of Madison will do this work, at a cost of $230,500 (included in total project cost cited above.)

Plant improvements will include replacement of the plant’s “headworks,” including a new influent pumping station and bar screen ($1.8 million), the addition of grit removal facilities ($1.3 million) and an upgrade of the treatment plant SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system ($500,000).

The headworks is where 2 million gallons or more per day of untreated wastewater comes flowing into the treatment plant.  Influent passes through a bar screen that catches and removes rags, plastic bags and other debris that can wreak havoc with pumps and other mechanical elements of the downstream treatment process.  Large pumps then push the influent forward, to the plant’s primary clarifiers.

The existing headworks is housed in two floors beneath a 1936 vintage building.  While the pumps and other equipment in the headworks have been upgraded through the years, there are code and safety issues that need to be addressed.

Along with a new headworks, grit removal facilities will be installed at the “front end” of the treatment process, to remove sand and other fines that get into the sewer system and cause added wear on tear on the treatment plants pumps and other moving parts.  The wastewater plant has not historically had grit removal capabilities.

Finally, upgrading of the plant SCADA system will enhance staff’s ability to monitor and make adjustments to various aspects of the treatment process, both on site and remotely.

These projects are top priorities for capital investment at the treatment plant, based on a recently-completed facilities evaluation.

The City in September 2016 filed preliminary applications with DNR’s Clean Water Fund program for financing these projects.  DNR review of those applications indicated that the City would not only qualify for low-interest loan financing, but also for “principal forgiveness” (grant funding) in the amount of $700,000.

Based on the likely availability of such funding assistance, the City is moving ahead with final design work on such projects, which must be completed and forwarded to DNR by September 30.  Construction of the improvements will occur in 2018.

About those Red Concrete Crosswalks…

A recent caller to “Be My Guest” on WOMT Radio questioned the cost of the colored concrete crosswalks that are being installed on the Lincoln Avenue Project.

Based on a review of the project bids by city engineering staff, the total added cost of using colored concrete on the 41 crosswalk segments being installed on Lincoln Avenue (crossing Lincoln and the side streets where they intersect Lincoln) is $17,775.

To put it in perspective, that’s $17,775 out of a total paving cost of $788,765, out of a total project cost in excess of $4 million.

Rogers Street Days This Friday and Saturday

Rogers Street Fishing Village hosts its big annual event this weekend, with activities starting at 5:00 PM on Friday and noon on Saturday.

There will be food, drink, children’s activities and tours of the museum and village on both days, plus music by Spitfire Rodeo Friday 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM and The Beer Club Saturday 7:30 to 11:00 PM.

Food offerings include smelt from the Susie Q Fish Company, carrying on the heritage of Two Rivers’ French Canadian fishing community.

For more information, go to www.rogersstreet.com.

Lakeshore Knights Car Show Saturday at Walsh Field

Also, this Saturday, also on the east side of TR, the Lakeshore Knights will hold their annual classic car show at Walsh Field.  Admission is free, and the event runs from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Stop by to admire some vintage metal and learn about these classic cars from their proud owners.

Steel Drum Music at the Beach This Sunday

Relax on the warm sand, cooled by the breeze off the big lake, listening to steel drum music by Island Shores.

Sunday, August 13, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.  Rotary Pavilion, on the beach at Two Rivers.

Ya mon—Trivers.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

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