Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

October 1, 2013

Council OKs maintenance improvements

Effingham City

Tony Huffman
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM — At a brief meeting Tuesday, Effingham City Council approved several maintenance items.

Three valves were purchased for the Goldstein Bend Pump Station — which pumps unprocessed water for the city from the Little Wabash River, Lake Sara and the Kaskaskia River — in the amount of $54,485.67.

According to Public Works Director Steve Miller, the valves, which are approximately 6 feet tall, broke about a year ago. There are valves farther up the line that can and have regulated water flow, but the new valves will help monitor the flow more efficiently. The raw water that runs through the lines is converted into drinkable water at the Water Treatment Plant, added Miller. The valves will also include actuators, or motors, to automatically open and close them.

In other maintenance-related news, the council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of rock salt for the upcoming winter. Miller estimates 350 tons of salt will be needed to handle inclement weather at a cost of $61.60 per ton. Eighty percent of the amount of rock salt will be purchased, with the ability to purchase 40 percent more salt if needed.

“The way the contracts work for salt is you really never know how much you need,” said Miller. “We usually use about 350 tons a year, but we can buy up to 420 tons if needed.”

In other news, the council:

• Approved the sale of surplus real estate, located at 904 West Grove Avenue, to Bushue Property Management for the appraised value of $22,500. The location has served as water storage for the city but is no longer needed, said City Administrator James Arndt.

• Approved a resolution accepting a proposal for manhole rehabilitation within TIF Area 1, south of Fayette Avenue and east of Henrietta Street, in the amount of $193,225. Specta Tech will spray an epoxy on the interior area of 77 manholes. The spray will add structural integrity and protect the manholes from sewer gases and water leakage.

• Approved Effingham Lions Club to participate in the city's Litter Abatement Program. The program allows citizens and organizations to adopt areas around the city to pick up trash. The city provides that area with a sign for those who volunteer to pick up the trash, along with reflective vests and trash bags.