Last winter, Greg Smith, our lead lab tech and 2nd operator retired after many years of service. Patrick Johnson has stepped up to his position. Greg continues to help out on a limited basis during construction.
Kate Marnul has been reclassified from trainee to second assistant.
Joe Burress, the Operations Manager will, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, remain on staff for the duration of the upgrade projects,
also the highway 42 improvements and while the new staff becomes acclimated to the Fish Creek Operation. This will likely take one to three years.
The Sanitary District is currently engaged in a 3.4 million dollar project to replace aging equipment in the collection system and at the treatment plant.
Many of you have probably noticed the lift station project at the State park entrance. This facility replaced our main lift station and is now on line.
Upgrades to two of our other major lift stations and some of our secondary (grinder) stations have also been completed.
Replacements of aging treatment plant equipment has begun and is scheduled to be completed this year.
The Board of Directors has approved rate increases to cover most of the costs of these projects. Costs continue to come in higher than expected and a series of incremental increases may be necessary. Though the Sanitary District has the authority to levy property taxes to pay for capital projects, the Board of Directors has elected to fund these projects with user fees. The latest rate schedule is available on this website under the user rates and forms tab.