2006-12-21 / News

Water and sewer meeting tonight

By Dotti Farrington

The Monday night meeting of the Town Council sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners was postponed until today, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at the town library so that it would not conflict with the town employees’ holiday party.

The agenda will include town government matters, as well as water and sewer business. Among agenda items are: a consent agreement between the town and state Department of Environmental Management for the new water treatment plant; a review of the Town Offices site on Southwest Avenue after the offices are moved to the new town hall that is being built; the next solid waste and recycling services agreement with the state Resources Recovery Corporation; town Harbor Management Commission appointments; and an executive session on personnel matters, expected to be about new talks for union contracts that expire in March.

The monthly report, for November, from Public Works Director Steven Goslee, who also oversees the water and sewage treatment plants, will be reviewed.

The report includes the status of work on the new water treatment plant. Goslee said the Phase 1 archeological study has revealed a substantial number of American Indian artifacts of cultural signifi- cance at the mitigation site west of South Pond, but none at the site for the treatment plant itself. He noted that no burials were encountered. “The Historic Preservation Commission will be providing us with guidance concerning the location of the mitigation area,” Goslee reported.

The public works director said he and other town employees met with National Grid and the fire marshal to finalize the location of the new electric service and the installation of the fire alarm systems. The new utilities will be installed underground from the existing utility pole into the new and existing facility, he added.

“We are still moving forward to have complete bid documents suitable for advertising this winter with a contract awarded this spring,” he said.

Goslee noted that Fisher Tank, the contractor for the new water tower on Howland Avenue, completed the steel work for the tank and has removed their construction equipment from the site.

He noted that the pump vault has been installed and the interconnection with the old tower is complete. Work continues with the installation of the transfer pump piping and bubbler system. “I estimate this work to be complete in approximately three weeks. The final painting of the interior and exterior of the tank will be completed this spring. The tank will be in service before summer,” Goslee added.

For the refurbishment of the wastewater treatment plant, the $3 million contract with Thielsch Engineering of Cranston has been finalized and is being reviewed by the town solicitor, the public works director reported. He expects the contract to be signed by the end of the month. Then a preconstruction meeting will be conducted, and project mobilization will start immediately.

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