The tape of this meeting is on file in the Council Clerk’s Office
TO THE HONORABLE COUNCIL, CITY OF ELYRIA, OHIO
The Utilities, Safety & Environment Committee held a meeting on
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. in Council Chambers.
PRESENT: Committee Chair Mitchell, Members Davis, Tanner, Cerra, Craig
OTHERS PRESENT: Engineer Schneider, Assistant Law Director Deery,
WWPC Superintendent Korzan
BUSINESS OF THE UTILITY, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE MEETING
1. Approval of the November 29, 2017 meeting minutes.
Craig moved Cerra seconded to approve the November 29, 2017 meeting minutes.
2. The matter of a request for Modification to the Wastewater Facility Planning Area.
Cerra moved, Davis seconded to recommend an ordinance to allow a modification to transfer an area on Grafton Rd & W Royalton Rd into LORCO’s FPA and for Elyria to accept an area on Butternut Ridge & LaGrange Rd into Elyria FPA, (a service area swap).
Mr. Schneider said the City has very preliminary plans as far as sewer areas that were looked at by a consultant. The areas on the southern end of our FPA go through the west side interceptor sewer, so there is no issue as far as flow. At this time there is no easy way for us to get sewers to that area.
Mr. Korzan said that EPA and the stake-holders for the FPA’s. The FPA’s were put int existence a long time ago and they were supposed to be dealt with over a 20 year period. The City has done some things with our FPA, where we could afford it, sewers were put in. The vast majority of the other stake-holders have sat on it. The EPA is looking into areas where there are multiple home septic systems that are failing. We won’t get a big return for millions of dollars being spent to run sewers into. It takes a lot of capital money just to keep going with what we have. There are a lot of projects going on right now. We know that in next 10 – 15 years a lot of sewers will have to be built.
Mr. Craig asked how long will it take for it to provide service to the City’s FPA’s? Mr. Schneider said that we are not that far. They have looked at sewers and sizing and general locations, but it’s a ways off.
The high service building is the building that is currently unoccupied. They are considering demolishing the building or bring it down to ground level or maintain it the way it is and possibly putting in a workshop for the workers as well as offices. There is a lot of wasted space because of the height of it. The building in question is the back half of the building that was just re-roofed.
Mr. Craig asked why we are going to pay $150,000 to remove asbestos if we don’t know what we’re going to do with the building. Maybe there would be some funding if we’re going to use the building for something else.
Per Mr. Schneider the asbestos have to be removed because it’s a hazard material. EPA requires that when there is abandon equipment, it needs to be removed in a certain time period and it’s actually been over that time and every year when the EPA does their evaluation and audit, they ask what the plan is and when will it be taken care of. Equipment that is not being used or has been decommissioned must be removed per EPA. So, bottom line, before anything can be done, the asbestos has to be removed.
Cerra moved, Davis seconded to recommend an ordinance to authorize the Mayor to advertise for bids and award a contract for the asbestos removal project at the old Pump Station. Standard emergency clause applies.
(1 Nay) – Craig
Mr. Korzan said that the existing east side interceptor get very overloaded during rain events that some of these area don’t have much of a chance of getting there flow into the east side interceptor. When the sewers in the Eastern Heights area, which is the tail end of this project, load up during rain events and that water is pushed north through the existing 36″ and 48″ east side interceptor. When the new sewer is ready to be tapped in, that will take some relief off of the existing interceptor and will allow flows from other areas to get in there.
Craig moved, Cerra seconded to recommend an to ordinance the Mayor to advertise for bids and award a contract for the Wet Weather/East Side sewer Relief Program on Whitman Blvd. from Canterbury Rd. To Abbe Rd., N.
Elyria would be paying 4 and a half percent, the county would be paying 6 and a half percent and Ohio Public Works would pay the rest.
Davis moved, seconded by Cerra to recommend an ordinance authorizing the Mayor to enter into an agreement with Lorain County to share the cost of the resurfacing project on West River Rd.
6. The matter of a request of authorizing the Mayor to legally advertise for bids and enter into an agreement for the purchase of various chemicals for the WWPC Plant and the Water Pumping Plant for the period of April 16, 2018 through April 16, 2019.
Craig moved, seconded by Davis to authorize the Mayor to advertise for bids and enter into an agreement for the purchase of chemicals for WWPC and Water Pumping plants
(This matter was tabled on 11/29/17 and to be revisited on 1/3/18)
Craig moved, Davis seconded to recommend a resolution in support on Ohio’s Zero-Emissions Nuclear Resource (ZEN) Legislation
Craig moved, seconded by Cerra to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 P.M. MOTION CARRIED
Respectfully Submitted by,
Colleen Rosado, Secretary