In a special-called meeting Thursday, the Pineville City Council approved resolutions endorsing the Pineville Utility Commission project. These resolutions allow the commission to seek loans to fund repairs to the wastewater treatment lagoon and to expand the current plant to facilitate the current and future needs of the community.
The wastewater treatment plant failure occurred in April when a drain collapsed. The drain was located in one of the equalization basins at the facility. It was concluded a rupture (or failure) of the subterranean pipe below the basin caused the earth within the basin to shift — subsequently tearing the liner and allowing wastewater to escape.
At its regular meeting in April, the Pineville Utility Commission approved a declaration of emergency. Manager Bill Bunch explained the situation and the options available for temporary treatment as well as the removal of damaged equipment and sludge — and reconstruction of the plant. This included repairs to the lagoon floor, lines, equipment, a replacement liner and potential funding options.
The Utility Commissions filed an insurance claim, but were told their policy did not cover this type of damage. It was then suggested and approved at a special-called meeting for the commissions to ask the city to propose and support a resolution for the project.
Under these resolutions the commission is now pursuing loan assistance to repair the lagoon and fund the water treatment expansion. The state is authorized to render financial assistance to eligible project applicants by way of the Infrastructure Revolving Fund (Fund B – State Revolving Loan Program).
The estimated total cost of the lagoon project is $323,00, and the water treatment expansion project is 3,200,000. The Utility Commission will request the applications to acquire these loans for these amounts at less than 1 percent interest.
Reach William Tribell at 606 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn