City Council passes an emergency ordinance to apply for a loan for the Y-bridge lift station.
Public Service Director Mike Sims said they the Y-bridge lift station pumps the sewage for the entire north end of Zanesville as well as county flow from Dillon Hills and Stonehenge as well as new construction on the West Pike. The original lift station was built in the 1950's and rehabbed in the '80s.
"We need to be prepared for future growth. We need to be prepared to have this done before we have a pump failure that could result in a $10,000 a day fine from the EPA if that pump station goes down," explained Sims.
Currently, three of the four pumps are in operation. The project is estimated to cost over $2m, which is why they are applying for a loan through the Ohio Water Development Authority with the hope of work beginning in August.
"That's why I wanted the emergency clause," said Sims. "It allows us to get this bid in mid-February, award in March and then there would be a lot of shop drawings, a lot of pre-planning and ordering components from the vendors," said Sims.
Council also approved an emergency ordinance to purchase material for a water project on Coopermill Road. Sims said the lines in the area are steel and are breaking down. This year alone there have been 20 breaks on the roadway.