2007-03-22 / News

Design plans done for new water treatment plant; tower nearly complete

By Dotti Farrington

The Director of Public Works, Steven Goslee, submitted his monthly written reports about the water and sewer operations to the council, sitting as the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners, but the commissioners did not meet on Monday because three out of five of them were not available.

Town Administrator Bruce Keiser did not expect a special meeting would be needed. The next session is set for April 16.

In his written report, Goslee said that Fay, Spofford and Thorndike of Burlington, Mass., has completed final design plans for the new water treatment plant next to the existing plant on North Main Road at Great Creek. The state Department of Health has issued a finding of no significant impact for the project in conjunction with state Department of Environmental Management (DEM) regulations for the project, according to Goslee.

He said the consultants also submitted to the Coastal Resources Management Council a revised wetlands plan about changes to the mitigation area, including demolition of two storage sheds and planting a newly grassed section in front of the complex.

The director reviewed the status of work at the new water tower on Howland Avenue. He said the electrical system has been completed, interior piping has been painted, and the site rough graded in preparation for fence installation. Phone antenna relocation and installation are scheduled. Painting the tower is set to begin as weather permits.

A Clarke Street water main broke and was immediately repaired recently, according to the report. Flushing was to have started this week along Walcott and Hamilton Avenues and in the Dumplings area. It was noted that brush removal and right of way mowing between the town reservoirs had been done in recent weeks.

Goslee reported that Thielsch Engineering of Cranston has been at work as general contractor for the major renovations at the sewer treatment plant at Taylor Point. He said the contractor and DEM set a preconstruction meeting for today and the first major visible work of roof replacement will start soon.

Among the items on the water and sewer agenda that were postponed until next month are the pending applications for Stephen Masso to hook his home at 15 Weeden Lane for water service; and Frank Henderson of North Kingstown to connect property at 27 Luther Street for both water and sewer, pending since December.

Henderson wants to demolish the existing house on the 7,000 square foot lot, and build a law office building with two apartments on the second floor. In addition to needing zoning approval for a special use permit, Henderson will have to establish that the new building will not use more than the 26,000 gallon annual high use in the last three years, according to water department regulations.

The property last year failed to gain approval for development of an adult day care facility, now proposed for a nearby property.

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