News and Tribune

Recent Local News

June 27, 2013

City seeking an air freshener

Sewer board agrees to hire air-control specialist


Jeffersonville’s Sewer Board is looking for someone to freshen the air in the city.

Wastewater Superintendent Len Ashack made his case to hire an employee that will help monitor the city’s sewer system, citing expenses paid for odor-control chemicals by the city’s sewer department during the last two years.

“The whole logic behind having this person ... is to make sure that we’re adding the chemicals we need to add, no more, no less,” Ashack said. “I think we can save one-third, if not more on the chemical costs.”

According to a cost spreadsheet provided by Ashack, in 2012 the city paid $383,760 to add chemicals at eight sites throughout Jeffersonville. To date in 2013 the city has paid $105,203 in odor-control chemical costs.

“We’re going to easily spend more than half-a-million, closer to $700,000 in two years,” Ashack said.

By hiring a wastewater air-control specialist, the sewer department will be able to constantly monitor chemical levels for odor control, Ashack said.

“We don’t have a person dedicated to do that, we need a person that’s dedicated to do that,” Ashack said.

Sewer Board Member Dale Orem agreed.

“When you go manual, instead of what these guys set it at, it’s got to save us some money,” he said, referring to the chemical companies that set chemical levels.

The sewer board unanimously approved a positive recommendation be passed along to the Jeffersonville City Council to hire the air-control specialist at a pay grade four, which would total between $34,000 and $51,000.

While chemicals will be added at pump stations throughout the city, the new treatment plants downtown and on 10th Street will not use chemical controls for odor.

Ashack said the downtown treatment facility — near the U.S. Census Bureau building — will use and air treatment system to reduce odors. The 10th Street plant will use a bioscrubber to treat the wastewater.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.