General Authority hears options for improvements at pump stations

Staff writer

Franklin General Authority members received options Tuesday for needed improvements to several city water pump stations.

City engineer Al Wodzianski recommended to hold off on construction at the Miller Hill tank until next spring due to the upcoming winter conditions.

The estimated $679,000 project to replace the 100-year-old line would involve installing a new water main line to connect to the 15th Street pump station, Wodzianski said.

Water department supervisor Fred Leyda recommended that one pump at the 15th Street pump station be replaced.

Wodzianski added that the Seventh Street pump station could be made more reliable in case of a break at 15th Street by installing a portable emergency generator at an estimated cost of $85,000.

In other news, wastewater treatment plant supervisor Mark Breene reported a massive debris haul from the plant’s storm tank.

Due to recent weather conditions, Breene said work got underway to clear about 450 tons of debris from the tank.

The tank had not been cleaned in 20 years, said Breene.

“We won’t let this happen again. …We’ve tackled this problem,” Breene said.

The project is 60 percent complete, Breene said, and he hopes to have all debris cleared in the next month.