council OKs state-required wastewater ordinance
By Brooke Barker
March 23, 2006 | RICHMOND -- After waiting for more
than a month, the City Council was finally able to get
a copy of the enabling ordinance establishing wastewater
pre-treatment policy and procedures manual.
The city received the ordinance from the Utah Division
of Water Quality in February, but not in a format the
city could open or print.
"Hasn't the state heard of PDF?" Councilwoman Terrie
Wierenga asked, while City Manager Marlowe Adkins discussed
problems trying to convert the lengthy document.
The ordinance is required by the Environmental Protection
Agency as well as the DWQ. The wording of the document
could not be changed at the meeting without having to
go through a re-approval process with the DWQ and EPA.
"This can require companies to pre-treat before they
put out, like Lowers is doing now," Adkins said during
the meeting. Adkins talked about some of the past problems
with companies dumping grease and other wastes that
clogged the sewer system.
The ordinance first appeared on last month's agenda
but the council was apprehensive of agreeing to something
they hadn't had a chance to look at.
"The fact still remains that I'm not going to endorse
something I haven't had a chance to look at," Wierenga
said after receiving her copy of the document.
The council unanimously accepted the ordinance after
spending several minutes skimming the document. Adkins
explained to the council the importance of the ordinance.
"If something were to happen, this ordinance has it
all down so we can say, according to this manual, these
are the things that you need to be doing and these are
our responsibilities as a city," Adkins said.
The council will meet next on Tuesday, April 18, at
Other items discussed during the meeting:
-- The progress of the Richmond city history book.
-- A bid for the new sewage system, and the decision
to get a second bid from another company.
-- Councilman Brad Jensen collected names of 48 children
attending school on the west side of U.S. Highway 91
in order to help receive funding for a new stoplight
from the Utah Department of Transportation.
-- A representative from the Child and Family Support
Center in Logan came to the meeting to ask the city
to help support child abuse prevention month during
April by handing out blue ribbons for residents to wear.