Sewer Committee Meeting Feb 20, 2004 Hilda Schryver's
In attendance: Barbara and David Fitzgerald, Mike Higgins, Janet and
Rich Hirsch, Pat and Lou Harting, Ron Sansone, Ken Lanning, Hilda Schryver and
Our speaker was Bill Brunjes from Brunjes and Associates, Inc.
Consulting Engineers. Bill went through the steps we should follow to put
in a sewer system at the lake. The Jefferson County Commission must be
petitioned to form a sewer district. It could be formed and functional in
a year. They would run the sewer district for the first 5 years, they
would appoint the people to run it. They must report to the County
Commission every year. After 5 years we would run the district with
elected board members but have to report on a regular basis. Then there
would be a Revenue Bond Issue which would be the total cost of the project plus
50 per cent more authority to borrow.
A Bond Council would be established, suggested Gilmore and
Bell. The Funding Source should be the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Rural Utility Services. He felt the rate would be 4.5 percent for a 35
year loan. He highly recommended a long term loan to be paid off with
inflation dollars. For the Legal Council he suggested the firm of
Roland Wegmann in Hillsboro. He later elaborated on the importance of
borrowing from the Dept. of Ag. to form the sewer district for 33 years.
The five member board would send the user fees to pay off the loan to the Dept.
He would only consider an aeration system for our treatment plant.
They are forgiving, do not disrupt your facility, would have 30 days
storage. Suggested we use as much gravity as possible, stay away from lift
stations because they are costly and have high maintenance.
As for the construction, they would build a 3 celled lagoon on compact clay
base with a flat bottom. It would be 200 by 1,000 ft. with a water depth
of 10 ft. It would have 2 air pumps that would create small air
bubbles. It would take 30-32 days from input to outflow. There would
be a blower building 12 by 16 ft. with blowers. A maintenance man would
have to be hired as a contractor to oversee its operation for approximately 2
hours per week.
Our second guest was Lannie Zavorka from Lake Wauwanoka. She was
also interested in Bill's discussion since they need to update their sewer
system. Lake Wauwanoka has bben using Jerry Weber of Thurman, Howald,
Weber, Senkel and Norrick in Hillsboro. Mr. Weber helped them
circumvent their assessment limitation so they could raise funds to repave their
roads. She also recommended we become involved with the Mo. Stream Teams,
get a $500 test kit so we could test our lake water on a regular basis.
They have felt it necessary to have a history of their water quality because of
new land development in their watershed.