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Parsons wastewater systems are operational

October 19, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Parsons City Council reported this week that the city's water and wastewater telemetry systems are being repaired as a result of legal action that was proposed earlier this month.

At the Oct. 2 meeting, the council members voted to send an ultimatum to the three companies involved with the purchase and installation of the city's telemetry systems. The letter said that legal action would be taken if units were not repaired within 30 days of receiving the ultimatum.

"They were here within 24 hours of receiving the notice," Councilman Timothy Auvil said at Thursday's meeting.

High Tide Technologies was the manufacturer of the equipment. The equipment was purchased through Trombold Equipment Company and was installed by H&S Controls.

Council documents stated that Trombold and H&S representatives have been in town correcting the telemetry issues. Units have been switched to a cellular service and nearly all are operating properly.

As of Tuesday's meeting, upgrades at the Walnut Street lift station and the wastewater treatment plant were still being worked on. A completion date has not been set.

In other news, Cargill outbid Morton Salt in the council's search for bulk road salt, members said.

Council documents said that Morton quoted $80.60 per ton and Cargill quoted $65.28.

"My recommendation is Cargill," said City Administrator Jason Myers. "For the time being, they are cheaper on the rock salt."

The council voted to purchase bulk salt from Cargill for the upcoming Winter.

The First and Second Street Streetscapes project took one more step toward completion with the pouring of concrete last week on Water Street.

Workers from Thrasher Engineering, who are finishing the construction, needed to pour an additional section of sidewalk that was not in the original plans. They reached a poor stopping point and conferred with Myers to request the completion of the additional section, Myers said.

Myers also said that the concrete was purchased at the same rate defined in the contract for the rest of the project. Council voted and approved the pour, post hoc.

Meyer added that construction on the Quality Hill Intersection Improvements project will soon be taking place.

The state Division of Highways, District E out of Elkins, will be repairing a storm drain near the Subway in Parsons, Myers said.

"They are not going to be able to complete the entire project this year," he said. "They can complete the storm drain, which is the most important part."

Eventually, the road will be widened and a turning lane will be added to Billings Avenue, which will intersect with U.S. 219, according to council.

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