Utility is getting a new vacuum truck.
At its meeting
Monday night, the Utility Service Board voted unanimously to proceed with
the lease-purchase of a 2018 Vactor Plus-2112 on a 2018 Freightliner
On delivery of the
new model, the Utility’s current vacuum truck--10 years old--will be used as
various financing plans--including the possibility of simply purchasing the
truck outright with cash on hand--members elected to go with a three-year
loan from Horizon Bank, at an interest rate of 2.06 percent (the next lowest
rate: 2.37 percent). The annual payment under that plan: $119,502.10, with
interest of $8,506.30.
After narrowing the
field to a pair of competing brands, Superintendent Dave Ryan spoke to other
municipalities about their own histories with the two. What he found, Ryan
told the Service Board, is that Vactor is easily the preferred choice, for
ease of operation, performance, reliability, maintenance, and service.
Ryan for the thoroughness and detail of his report.
In other business,
Ryan debriefed the Service Board on the 8.5-hour discharge of approximately
494,000 gallons of wastewater in the Little Calumet River, on the heels of a
2.78-inch rain fall on Oct. 22-23.
The problem, as
Ryan noted, wasn’t the 1.2-million tank built specifically to store flow
during heavy rains. In fact the tank worked exactly as designed but over the
course of the event filled to capacity. That’s because the treatment plant’s
own capacity has been cut by about a third during the ongoing clarifier
rehabilitation project. At the time of the rain, Ryan said, both Secondary
Clarifier No. 1 and Primary Clarifier No. 3 were down for refurbishment,
which reduced the treatment plant’s capacity by roughly 33 percent.
It was, as Ryan
noted, a “perfect storm,” that much rain falling with that much capacity off
something that happens,” Member John Schnadenberg said. “There’s nothing you
can do about it.” He added that, generally speaking, the best time to do a
project like the clarifier rehab is in the fall, not in the summer, when
more and heavier rains can be anticipated.
Ryan said that the
Indiana Department of Environmental Management was informed of the
On the other hand,
there was no discharge on Saturday, when approximately 1.5 inches of rain
fell. “We lucked out,” Ryan said. “There was 14 feet of water in the storage
basin. We didn’t have to discharge but it got a little hairy.”
Ryan expects the
clarifier project to be completed and the plant’s full capacity back on line
by the end of the year.
agreed to hold their 2018 budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at
the wastewater treatment plant.
Brandt took a moment at the end of the meeting to wish Member Scot McCord
all the best in his retirement on Oct. 27. “God bless you and I hope you
have a long and healthy retirement,” Brandt said.
October in Review
Chesterton used 52.58 percent of its 3,668,000 gallon per day (gpd)
allotment of the wastewater treatment plant; Porter, 55.51 percent of its
851,000 gpd allotment; the Indian Boundary Conservancy District, 72.61
percent of its 81,000 gpd allotment; and the plant as a whole, 53.85 percent
of its capacity.
There was the
single bypass of wastewater into the Little Calumet River last month,
following the heavy rain event on Oct. 22-23. Total rainfall in October was
8.69 inches, the wettest month by far of the year. Next wettest: July, with
In October the
Utility ran a deficit of $123,915.99 and in the year-to-date is running a
surplus of $715,543.17.