New water main extension coming to hospital, MMU says

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

The Marshall Board of Public Works approved a plan Tuesday, Jan. 9, to proceed with a water main extension project at Fitzgibbon Hospital.

The $130,000 project will involve Marshall Municipal Utilities crews installing about 3,000 feet of 12-inch water main, completing the loop from the existing main, which runs to the hospital from the Miami Street and South Lake Drive area, tying into the main at Drake Road, according to a report to the board from Monty Chase, underground facilities superintendent.

The main extension will cross U.S. 65 at the Saline County Fairground entrance, according to the current plan.

Chase said the next step in the process will be to secure easements.

In other business, the board granted staff permission to enter into negotiations with engineering firm Shafer, Kline and Warren on the chlorine facilities project.

MMU received an inspection report from the Environmental Protection Agency early last year that was critical of security at the water treatment plant on Route N just north of U.S. 65. Chlorine storage was one of the issues identified by the agency.

Environmental Services Director Ginny Ismay reported to the board Tuesday that staff continues to discuss requirements for addressing the situation with EPA.

The board also approved a $100,000 project to replace the interior doors on the bag houses for electricity generating units No. 4 and No. 5. Bag houses are part of the filtration system of the electricity generators.

A total of 40 doors will eventually be replaced.

Electric Production Director Kyle Gibbs said the project had been delayed for some time as staff looked for better door designs, but since none have been found, he proposed to build the new doors in-house, with fabrication provided by MMU staff and local companies.

The doors provide a seal that protects the vacuum of the bag houses.

Gibbs also reported that both generating units were on line and are slated to continue operating throughout the month of January.

"Having both units on line in winter has been very rare," he said in his report to the board.

Gibbs added that most of the store of paper pellets made from mixed paper will be burned during the month. Some of the pellets, created from paper brought to the Marshall recycling facility, have been stored for two years.

Contact Eric Crump at marshallfaith@socket.net

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