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Norton Council discusses vacuum sewer system

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

During the June 9 meeting, Norton City Council heard a third reading on an ordinance authorizing the administrative officer to enter into an agreement with Environmental Design Group for professional engineering services for the design of a vacuum sewer system for the Nash Heights East Phase and Nash Heights West Phase projects.

After the ordinance was read to Council, Council President Rick Rodgers (Ward 1) asked that it be put to a vote; however, Councilman Scott Pelot (at large) asked Council if a decision could be postponed until after a presentation from AIRVAC Vacuum Sewers on vacuum sewer systems that is set to take place at the Council work session June 16.

Pelot stated not much information on the vacuum system had been provided to some Council members, and he felt it would be beneficial to hold off on voting until everyone was on the same page.

Councilman Dennis McGlone (at large) agreed and said after the presentation, Norton residents also can express their opinions on the sewer system and Council can take that into account when voting.

Rodgers disagreed with postponing the vote. He said Council is only trying to get a true cost comparison between the vacuum and gravity sewer systems at this time, and voting on this ordinance doesn’t mean it will be the one installed in the Nash Heights projects.

“We need to move forward with this legislation,” Rodgers said, “so we can get a true idea of the costs of both systems and make the best decision for the city.”

Even though Rodgers wanted to move the legislation forward, he agreed to postpone it until after the presentation and comments from the public at the work session June 16. A brief special meeting will be held and Council will vote at that time.

In other business:

  • Council had first readings of: an ordinance to provide funding for the issuance and sale of notes for the city not to exceed $80,000 in anticipation of the issuance of bonds to pay costs of acquiring real property for municipal purposes; an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of notes not to exceed $225,000 in anticipation of the issuance of bonds to pay a portion of the costs of constructing, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving a fire station; and an ordinance to provide for the issuance and sale of notes not to exceed $160,000 in anticipation of the issuance of bonds to pay costs of acquiring real property for municipal purposes. According to Councilman Dennis Pierson (Ward 3) these three ordinances are all related to each other and all have to do with funding for the fire station.
  • Council approved a resolution opposing an application for a preliminary permit filed by New Summit Hydro LLC with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). According to the resolution, New Summit Hydro wants to study the feasibility of constructing a pumped storage hydroelectric plant in the city.
    The resolution states the project would have serious environmental and other impacts to the city and its residents and Council believes it is not in the best interests of the city and requests the FERC to deny the application.
    According to Councilwoman Charlotte Whipkey (at large), Norton is already under contract with FirstEnergy for this land.
  • Council approved a resolution of appreciation for the service of Finance Director Laura Starosta, who resigned. Mayor Mike Zita is accepting résumés to find her replacement, she said.

Council next will meet for a work session June 16 and for its regular meeting June 23, both at 7 p.m., in Council Chambers at the Safety-Administration Building, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive.

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