The village of Sunbury Wastewater Treatment Plant, designed by Floyd Browne Group, continues to have design-related problems. Early in its life, the plant developed cracks in above grade tank walls that had to be stabilized with I-beams.
During last Wednesday evening’s (March 1) Services Committee meeting, plant supervisor Dale Wampler said one of the plant’s two oxidation ditches needs $42,000 worth of baffle repairs.
Wampler said the 700-pound baffles, three on each oxidation ditch, are 4-foot by 16-foot quarter-inch steel plates held in place by four bolts. The baffles are needed to direct wastewater flow downward and keep waste moving down to the bottom of the tank and mixing. Because the bolts are deteriorating, they have sheared off and the baffle plates are shifting and falling out of place.
Wampler said larger firms like Kokosing Construction would not even consider addressing a small job like repairing the Sunbury Wastewater treatment plant oxidation ditch baffles, but Schmidt Machinery has agreed to try repairing all three baffles on one oxidation ditch. If Schmidt Machinery were successful in repairing the baffles on the out-of-service oxidation ditch, the baffles in the second ditch would be examined for possible repair.
During the regular council meeting, council members approved the $42,000 expenditure.
Council members also discussed sealing the surface brick of Sunbury Town Hall.
During the national Bicentennial in 1976, Sunbury Town Hall was sandblasted, removing the natural protective surface of low temperature fired brick. Following sandblasting, the brick became subject to moisture penetration and surface erosion. When the problem became noticeable, it was determined that the building’s exterior needed periodic resealing.
Late last year, council members approved a motion to reseal Town Hall. That motion was reaffirmed during last Wednesday evening’s meeting, not to exceed $10,000, after a second product recommended by the Brick Institute is tested on a small portion of the building.
Application of either sealant used, both manufactured by Rust-Oleum, would be from the ground up, require two low-pressure airless spray applications, and require temperatures above 50 degrees.
Council members approved an $183,235 contract with Law General Contracting out of St. Louisville, Ohio, to complete the storm water sewer upgrades along West Cherry Street from Columbus Street to Evening Street, and from Cherry Street south along Columbus Street to mid-block.
When the new storm sewer is functional it will divert water from an older storm sewer that travels from behind the businesses along Vernon Street, and abandon an older storm sewer west of Columbus Street that is failing.
Sunbury’s Consulting Engineer Wes Hall, CT Consultants, said the project would begin in April and be complete in 60 days.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.