Wauseon Approves Recommendation From Utility Committee On Sludge

By: James Pruitt

Sludge from Wauseon will be de-watered before being placed in a landfill.

The City Council approved the recommendation of the Utility Committee at its meeting Aug. 1. The decision was seen as the best way to removed phosphorous from the local waterways through runoff.

Councilor Shane Chamberlin reported the committee met with two representatives from Arcadis to present the biosolids study and presented the report to the committee. They recommended four different approaches to handling the sludge. Chamberlin explained the four different alternatives and the pros and cons for each one.

Arcadis presented the committee its recommendation – dewatering before landfill disposal.

The committee recommended this option be pursued. Committee members were concerned about the odor from the dewatering of the sludge.

The second concern was the landfill reaching its limits. Arcadis assured the village landfills welcomed sludge because it works for the decomposition process. Later on the village could dewater even further. This capital project that would be over a five-year period.

Chamberlin reported a request from Super Wash to have a separate meter for their sanitary sewer charges. The committee recommended the business can install a meter at its own cost.

Chamberlin talked about a request from Sky Towers for the city to grant them an easement so they can get power to the tower they put up.

Ryan Johnson, Strategic LLC outlined his proposal for the easement. The committee recommended that an easement be granted.

Dave Murry was also present at this meeting and he brought to Johnson’s attention about curb damage when they put in the tower. Johnson assured the meeting members the curb will be repaired to the city’s specs.

The last matter of the Utility Committee was the sanitary sewer improvement plan for airport sewer in Dover Township as requested by Fulton County.

This discussion was continued from the previous Utility Committee meeting. Murry and Dennis Richardson suggested some different approaches on handling that issue. Murry and Richardson will discuss further with the county.

In other news:
Police Chief Keith Torbet reported city is now taking applications for the Citizens Police Academy. The department usually accepts about 15 people and the academy will start the Thursday after the Fulton County Fair.

Torbet reminded residents with the beginning of school the 200 block of Glenwood will be closed between the hours of 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to all vehicular traffic for the safety of the children.

The city a number of applicants for the recreation superintendent, Public Works employee and water treatment plant operator trainee openings, Richardson said.

A written exam was administered for the recreation superintendent. Structured interviews will be conducted for the Laborer and Operator Trainee positions.

Paving was done on Linfoot Street but technically the road is still closed as there is still additional work to be done such as manhole covers, fence repair, guard rails at the creek, striping, etc.

Richardson received notification from ODOT they are officially removing the school zone designation for the old Elm Street school site. The city has been working with ODOT for the construction of the new campus across from the fairgrounds.

Mayor Huner has been asked about the grading of the driveways on Linfoot St. Richardson said there were some grade changes necessitated from the project.

Director of Finance Jamie Giguere reported the income tax revenue is up 7 percent from this time last year. The year-to-date reports will be given to council as soon as available. There was a computer technical glitch that delayed it.

Council approved the first readings of the following ordinances and resolutions:
Chapter 509.12 – Solicitation
Chapter 511 – Camping
Amend the budget

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