By BRADEN LAMMERS
Jeffersonville’s Sewer Board has taken another step to beautify the area surrounding the 10th Street pump station.
The board agreed to move forward with the purchase of a SimTek fence to replace a chain-link fence that surrounds the pump station.
Mayor Mike Moore offered when the pump station became operational and a fence was placed around the structure that he would like to see a solid fence because the pump station sits at a main entrance to the city. The sewer board, of which Moore is a member, agreed and began looking into replacing the temporary chain-link fence with a more aesthetically pleasing fence.
Wastewater Superintendent Len Ashack said at a minimum the fence would be 12 feet high.
The board settled on a synthetic, heavy-duty plastic fencing that mimics the look of stone, but is much cheaper.
“I think it’s the best option to keep that pump station under cover,” Ashack said.
According to the manufacturer’s specifications, the fence is fade resistant and wind resistant up to 130 mph gusts and resistant to 110 mph sustained winds.
The color chosen for the fence is a brownish-red color called desert granite. No definitive costs were available because it has not been determined how much fencing the city will need.
In order to install the fence and also hide an odor control system that is planned to be installed next to the pump station, the sewer board is looking to purchase property it sold to Clark Memorial Hospital. Ashack said an appraisal conducted on behalf of the sewer board set the property value at $319,375 for slightly less than one acre.
According to a previous report, Clark Memorial Hospital purchased the property for nearly the same price, $319,000. But another appraisal cited during previous sewer board meetings had the value of the property at $391,000.
In order to install a biofilter — the odor control system for $890,000 — it has still not been determined exactly how much land the sewer board would need.
Ashack said he had a meeting planned with Clark Memorial Hospital CEO Martin Padgett to discuss the property and added that he hopes to have the final arrangements determined by the sewer board’s next meeting.
The sewer board also agreed to outsource the city’s sewer bills at its Thursday meeting.
Utility Billing Manager Elisha Dale presented the request to the board to allow L&D Mail Masters, Inc. to print and mail the sewer bills for the city.
“By going with L&D, the total cost will be about $84,870 a year, versus $87,174 if we do it ourselves,” Ashack said.
Dale said it takes the sewer billing office about two days to prepare and mail the bills, which would be eliminated if the billing was outsourced.
The recommendation to have L&D Mail Masters, of New Albany, to handle the sewer bills at a cost of $24,870 per year, in addition to postage, was unanimously approved.