November 17, 2012

Salina closer to OOWA connection

November 17, 2012 Staff Writer Ted King

SALINA, OK — The Salina Pubic Works Authority met Tuesday night. Steve Tolar with

the engineering firm of Holloway, Updike and Bellen updated the PWA about progress on the installation of the water line to the Oklahoma Ordinance Works Authority at MidAmerica Industrial Park.

Tolar said the contractor has been working on the new water line for the past three weeks. The contractor should have about 10 miles of the new later line placed by the end of the week. “All in all we are making good progress,” Tolar said.

The PWA asked Tolar to make monthly reports updating them on the new water line. The PWA approved payment of $311,982.38 for the contractor to lay the water line and engineering invoices 10 and 11 in the amount of $45,278.00  to be submitted to Oklahoma Water Resource Board for approval of payment.

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 PWA approved purchase to Brentag for a new chemical pump at the water treatment plant in the amount of $1,200. Randall Coons the PWA Superintendent called the pump, “The pump that quit pumping.”

The PWA board approved requesting a check for the Workers Compensation 2009 - 2010 Loss Fund refund for $12,861.00 to be deposited to the PWA Gross Revenue Fund and the General Fund.

The PWA approved the liability policy renewal for $14,826.86 to be paid quarterly between the town and PWA.

The PWA approved the heat and air unit on the west side of the City Hall for $4,250.

The PWA approved letting Randall Coons replace a transmission in a 1999 Chevy half-ton pickup truck owned by the PWA.

The PWA approved $100 Christmas bonuses for PWA employees.

The PWA took no action on whether to hire an additional employee to help oversee the Salina water line expansion project.

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