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June 16, 2012

Salina water line funded

The Salina Town Council and Public Works Authority held their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Steve Tolar with the engineering firm of Holloway, Updike and Bellen gave the PWA the good news it is on track for the new water line. He said everything has Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality approval and Salina is one of eight Oklahoma towns that has received a $125,000 engineering and design grant from ODEQ to pay for a water line. The line will connect to the Oklahoma Ordinance Works Authority. Salina must still approve the contract with OOWA to purchase water.

Bill Gaddis, the town attorney, said he is pleased that a contract clause with OOWA was stricken requiring Salina to pay OOWA’s attorney’s fees in the event of a dispute. The contract calls on Salina to purchase 80 percent of the water it requests from OOWA. The first year Salina will receive water from OOWA is 2015.

Last December, ODEQ told Salina it could no longer use water made at the town’s treatment plant unless it was updated at a large cost. The reason for the ODEQ order was he amount of trihalomethanes in the town water.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “drinking two liters of water containing 100 ppb (parts per billion) of trihalomethanes every day for 70 years could result in three extra cases of cancer for every 10,000 people.” Salina has a population of 1,396 according to the 2010 census.

The next item on the agenda was the annual audit report submitted by Violet Kirkendall, Certified Public Accountant. She gave reports for both the PWA and town budgets.

The PWA approved an agreement with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to install a 10-inch water line along the Highway 20 bridge over Lake Hudson. This is part of the new water line that will go from Salina to OOWA, which is at MidAmerica Industrial Park.

The PWA approved paying the accounting firm of Kolker and Kolker $5,900 for services rendered for the fiscal year ending June 30.

The PWA approved ODEQ public supply water permit fees totaling $7,288.46. These fees are for water supply, water permit and waste water permit.

The PWA approved ODEQ operators’ license renewals.

The PWA approved closing out the emergency grant account at Lakeside Bank of Salina and placing the remaining funds, about $800, into the Gross Revenue Account. Two years ago, the water treatment plant flooded and the PWA received a grant from the water resource board to fix the plant.

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