LEEPER - Farmington Township will tap into its American Rescue Plan funding to clear sewerage sludge from its treatment plant and to repair various manholes in the sewerage collection system.
Farmington Township received $94,620 in COVID-19 aide under the American Rescue Plan. It will receive a similar payment next year.
ARP funds can be used to improve or repair infrastructure systems such as water and sewerage systems.
After a couple of delays in moving ahead with dried sewage sludge removal at the treatment plant, supervisor Chuck Gilbert said a place to dispose of the dried sludge has been found and an equipment operator to remove and load the sludge has been located.
"All we need is a new round of testing to meet (Department of Environmental Protection) requirements and we can get moving on it," said Gilbert.
Supervisor Matt Sherbine noted getting the sludge removed in a timely manner could increase the value of the treatment plant if the township reaches an agreement to sell the system to a private operator.
Another value increasing measure could be the repair of numerous manholes in the sewage collection system.
Crise explained the work needs to be done regardless of any potential sale.
Most of the problems are in the concrete manhole structures where pressurized lines meet with gravity-fed lines.
Crise said the change from one line to another mixes the sewage and creates hydrogen sulfide (also known as H2S, sewer gas, swamp gas, stink damp, and sour damp).
The gas corrodes the concrete walls of the manholes, damaging the structural integrity of the manhole.
Gilbert suggested township personnel finish an inspection of the manholes and develop a list of needed repairs.
In 2018, the township had several manholes repaired at a cost of $3,595 each. The board of supervisors expects that price has increased and noted the inspection will reveal how many manholes need the repairs.
In other business Sept. 1, the board of supervisors:
4Approved an agreement allowing township emergency management coordinator David Dunn to also perform those duties in Highland Township.
4Approved township secretary Robin Kahle as voting delegate to the convention of township supervisors.
4Heard a question from township resident Larry Bauer regarding a "speed bump" along Hagerty Drive. The bump was created when a gas company replaced a line running under the road.
The concrete fill in the ditch has since been lifted by frost and other elements. Crise said the bump is "bad."
Crise said the gas company is coming back to "jackhammer" it out and the township will repair the road.