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Slater council approves effort to find sources of sewer infiltration (UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The city of Slater is going on the hunt -- for storm sewer problems.

The city council approved spending about $7,500 to scan storm sewers on the city's west side in an effort to find sources of inflow and infiltration.

Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said there is evidence that too much water is getting into the sewer lines.

He told the council that near the beginning of Friday's torrential storms, he inspected a sewer lift station and found the reservoir already three-quarters full.

Council member Terry Jordan said he agreed the scanning project would be useful because it would give the city better information about the problem, providing a foundation for planning solutions.

And Griffith noted that more precise information would help the staff write grants to help pay for any repairs that are needed.

In other business, Allegri announced that a feasibility study on a possible biomass production facility was complete.

He said city officials would meet soon with investors to review the study and discuss whether the company intends to proceed with the project.

During his update on the city's finances, Griffith said sales tax revenue was "holding its own," topping last year's total at this point in the year by about $100.

Griffith also reported on preparations for the annual Bear Creek Blues Festival, slated for Saturday, June 27.

The event, which regularly attracts more than 500 music fans, could have a "break-out year" if the weather cooperates, Griffith said.

"It's becoming a well-known event. It's got a good reputation," he said. "We're at the point where bands and vendors are calling us" in hopes they can participate.

"It's going to be one of the biggest events in Saline County," Allegri said.

Brownell Bryant was elected mayor pro tem, nominated by council member Terry Jordan for the post. Bryant cast the sole nay vote.

Following the regular meeting, the council met in closed session to discuss legal and real estate issues.

In addition to Allegri, Bryant and Jordan, council members Matt Campbell, Harry Lightfoot and Ron Monnig were present.

The next regular meeting of the council will be Tuesday, June 2.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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