By BRADEN LAMMERS
JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville’s Sewer Board on Thursday approved plans that will eventually eliminate odors at the city’s 10th Street pump station.
The board approved a contract with Webster Environmental Services to design plans for the odor-control project and get it ready to go out to bid. The contract approved totaled $127,079 and was subject to attorney approval.
Before the contract was approved, Wastewater Superintendent Len Ashack provided an update on several ongoing sewer projects.
“So far, we’re under budget in every project for the most part,” he said.
He explained the reason he was providing the financial update on the other projects was that some of the remaining funds could potentially go toward odor control at the 10th Street pump station.
Two options were originally presented to the board at its December meeting. Those included either a biofilter that could be installed at the site with an estimated cost of $890,000 or a bioscrubber at an estimated cost of $1.17 million.
Ashack said he recommended the board go with the biofilter option.
Once installed, the biofilter will have an appearance similar to mulch — the bioscrubber would be a 15-foot tower — which would fall more in-line with keeping the entrance of the city free from encumbrances. The biofilter also requires media replacement every five years at a minimal cost.
Mayor Mike Moore, who also sits on the sewer board, has expressed his desire to construct a fence around the pump station to beautify the area, which sits adjacent to the Interstate 65 ramps because it serves as a main entrance to the city.
Choosing the biofilter option will also require the city to repurchase property it sold to Clark Memorial Hospital at the intersection of 10th and Spring streets. The hospital bough the property for $319,000 and a recent appraisal set the value at $391,000. It has not been determined how much property the city will have to buy or if it will look to repurchase the entire piece of land owned by the hospital.
Ashack recommended the city could go ahead with negotiating a deal with Clark Memorial Hospital to buy the land so that it could install the fence around the pump station. By the time design plans are finished in July, a contractor could begin construction. It is anticipated construction of the biofilter would be complete by spring 2014.
The early estimate for construction costs totals $110,000, Ashack said.
The sewer board was also notified at their meeting that Watson Rural Water Co. Inc. will begin charging the city 40 cents per reading on water meters. There was previously no charge for the service.
“We have 2,749 customers that [meters are read for],” Ashack said.
The total cost would be nearly $1,100 each time it reads meters, if all meters are read.
The board directed attorney Scott Lewis to investigate whether or not there is a statute that regulates the charges that can be levied to read the meters and he said he will bring it back to the next meeting.