City Council to advertise for sewer project

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 29, 2006

It will be a light agenda for Ironton City Council at tonight’s meeting with only two items on the agenda - the ongoing sewer project and erecting a stop sign.

The first ordinance on the agenda gives authority to the mayor to advertise and accept bids for cleaning and inspecting the sewer and to control sewer overflow so the city can comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has mandated that Ironton create a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) plan since the city has six points where if there is enough rain, the sewer discharges into the Ohio River.

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The EPA wants the number of times that happens to be less than six times per year.

E.L. Robinson Engineering Co. of Ironton is currently doing flow monitoring to determine the trigger point for the overflow of those sites and sampling to see how much overflow goes into the river.

The CSO plan has been batted around since the council passed it in May 2005.

Council passed the storm water fee to maintain and improve the storm water system, that would have added $14.55 per month for residents and $14.55 per 3,000 square feet for businesses to water bills. Later, the council revised the fee to $2 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Since the ordinance has a section to declare it an emergency because it is necessary for the protection of public health, the measure can be voted on after a single reading.

The second item on the agenda is a second reading on making the intersection of South Ninth and Pleasant streets a four-way stop.

The measure will get a third reading before being voted on.

The council will meet tonight at 6 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of the Ironton City Center.