Seligman suspends main sewer operator

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

City contacts DNR, may face fine from state

Seligman has suspended Tony Amos, the city's main sewer operator, pending an investigation, said City Clerk Brian Nichols.

"We're fearful that documentation wasn't logged; that records weren't kept on the operation of the sewer lagoon," said Nichols, who has been in contact with the Missouri Department of National Resources (DNR).

DNR could possibly pull Amos' license; it could possibly fine the city, he said.

"We don't know," Nichols said. "I don't think it's going to go any farther than that. We caught it. We're doing something about it. We won't let it happen again."

Once Nichols receives word from DNR, he said he will schedule a special session with the Seligman Board of Aldermen.

The city wants to know the facts, said Mayor Jerry Montgomery.

"We like to make sure that everything is done like it's supposed to be done," he said.

The 350,000-square-foot lagoon, which is west of Seligman on Farm Road 2290, has a storage capacity of 6,539,460 gallons and a 321,776-square-foot emergency spillway, according to city documents.

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