Seligman aims to make improvements to city lagoon

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Estimated costs are $60,000, city awaiting engineering report

Seligman has to replace a 34-year-old irrigation system in a lagoon that stores the city's sewage and waste water, a project estimated to cost $60,000.

"We need a more efficient way of discharging the lagoon waste water," said Brian Nichols, Seligman city clerk. "It's gone through its natural cycle."

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.

Crops, owned by the Miller family, surround the lagoon, Nichols said. City crews currently spray the sewage and waste water over the crops with a rain reel.

"A rain reel is basically a gigantic spool," he said. "They unwind it. It has a gigantic sprinkler at the end of it."

The city is looking to replace the rain reel with either a newer model or stationary guns, which would require a grid pattern. Nichols said the cost of doing one of the projects would be about $60,000. Nichols also said it the city chooses to do the stationary guns, it would use the old rain reel as a backup.

The city is also waiting on an engineering quote from Springfield-based Olsson Associates for the project.

"Anytime any work is being done with water or wastewater pipes, we have to submit an engineering report to the Department of Natural Resources," he said. "So, that's why we have an engineer involved in the design process to make sure that we're doing everything right -- whatever we put in the ground is going to be correct."

The Seligman Board of Administration has to wait until after Olsson finishes its report and makes its recommendations before deciding whether to purchase a rain reel or stationary guns.

Jerry Montgomery, Seligman mayor, said he thinks the board likes the stationary guns instead of the rain reel because one person can operate the stationary guns whereas the rain reel requires two people.

Within the last month, the city spent $300 replacing parts to the gun on the rain reel, Nichols said.

"Something needs to be done with as much time as we're having to spend repairing the rain reel," he said. "We're not getting anywhere with one day running and one day down."

As long as the city can get this new system in place and operational, then there will not be any changes in sewer rates, Montgomery said. The lagoon will be able to handle the waste from the city.

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