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April 19, 2019

3/21/2019 2:10:00 PM
CLJSTC moves facilities plan forward

The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission members Monday this week gave  engineering firm StanTec, the go-ahead to get plans done for bidding out systemwide improvements and upgrades.  The commission will see details at the April regular meeting, according to Ron LaFond, engineer.

The CLJSTC has a multi-year facilities plan for addressing maintenance, repair and replacement projects needed in the network that collects and delivers wastewater to the teatment plant, north of Chisago City.

Projects include manholes, lift stations,  underground pipe infrastructure and work within the plant itself.

A public hearing was held February 19 and member city councils have all expressed consensus on moving ahead with the plan.  

The CLJSTC serves Wyoming, Stacy, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, the county government center and Hazelden-South Center Lake Sanitary District.

LaFond told commission members he’d like to get bids before next winter, so whichever projects are chosen as priority,  the work is ready to go in spring 2020.  

This phase of engineering is earmarked at roughly $80,000.

In other matters:
Attorney Ted Alliegro reported the flushable wipes lawsuit is potentially going to trial by year’s end.  A motion this spring is seeking to seperate out the three remaining defendants rather than keeping the manufacturers lumped together.

The lawsuit seeks damages for costs associated with wastewater systems having to deal with wipes that are not breaking down in sewer systems as promised.  The public is requested to NOT flush wipes at all.  They end up clogging sewer equipment and causing issues at treatment plants.  The lawsuit would disallow the products to be marketed as “flushable” if the complainants prevail and the goal is to get some money for dozens of public systems to cover at least some of their costs.

CLJSTC Plant Supervisor Mark Nelson reported the phragmites at the facility have been cut down, but there are no plans for chemical eradication.  He said it’s reported that 17 of the state’s 280 wastewater treatment plants have used phragmites in their operations and have stands of the noxious weed on-site.  The non-native water reed was recommended by plant designers at one time for effective utilization of unwanted nutrients in sewer holding ponds;  but phragmites has since become an aggressive invasive in the landscape.

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