CMA preps for treatment plant project|
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
The Clearfield Municipal Authority continued to work on preparations for its upcoming project to replace its wastewater treatment plant at its meeting yesterday.
The CMA is replacing its aging wastewater treatment plant with a new plant that meets the new Chesapeake Bay nutrient discharge regulations and to handle much of the storm water that continues to enter the system.
The project is expected to cost $34 million and the CMA is financing the project with a $16,128,455 low interest loan along and a $3,871,545 grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority and $3.3 million H2O grant from the state with a bond issue covering the remaining $11 million.
CMA engineer James Balliet of Gwin, Dobson & Foreman, Altoona, said the project is going out for bid on Friday with the bid opening scheduled for Oct. 8 with construction starting next spring. It will take about two and a half years to completely build the new plant but he said once the new plant is two-thirds complete it would be partially brought online.
Yesterday, the CMA voted to request for proposals for a line of credit that would be used to pay off contractors until PENNVEST funds come in and to hire GD & F to perform the engineering, construction administration and inspection services for the project.
Balliet also reported that the DEP has agreed to give the CMA an additional month before it begins issuing fines for discharging sewage from the Hyde CSO (Combined Sewage Overflow) located near the Hyde Bridge. Originally, the DEP was set to begin fining the CMA starting Aug. 1 for every discharge at the Hyde CSO.
The CMA discharges the excess water at three CSO locations, Hyde, behind CVS in downtown Clearfield and at the sewer plant but the DEP is only going to issue fines for discharges at the Hyde CSO.
Lawrence Township is in the design phase of a $3 million project to correct the storm water problem in the Hyde area and the DEP is requiring the CMA to work with the township to ensure the project is successful. Balliet said the township project would likely be finished before the new wastewater treatment plant is completed
The CMA, Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township are under a consent agreement to remove storm water flows from entering the sanitary sewer system because the storm water overloads the system during rain events forcing the CMA to discharge raw sewage into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River from its three CSOs.
Balliet said the DEP is in the process of drafting a new consent agreement, which would give a new timeline and benchmarks for correcting the storm water problems. He said it likely would be ready by next month's meeting.
In other business, the CMA:
• opened bids for the refinancing of $2.6 million in debt left over from a 2008 $3.2 million bond issue used to pay for the new Moose Creek water filtration plant.
The CMA received proposals from Clearfield Bank & Trust Co. of Clearfield, CNB Bank of Clearfield, Northwest Savings Bank, S&P Bank and Janney Montgomery Scott. The proposals were referred to the budget committee and Solicitor John Ryan for review.
• voted to approve a resolution to change its name in its bylaws to the Clearfield Municipal Authority. The bylaws had to be amended because it was still using the authority's previous name The Municipal Authority of Clearfield Borough, according to Ryan.
The authority officially changed its name to the Clearfield Municipal Authority in 1958 but the bylaws failed to reflect the change and the DEP only recently discovered the error during its review of its paperwork for the PENNVEST funding and requested that the CMA's bylaws be corrected, Ryan said.
• awarded the bid for sanitary sewer cleaning and televising to Insight Pipe Contracting LP of Harmony for $43,600.