Council discusses future of the water treatment plant
The Grants Pass City Council during their Monday workshop discussed the various possibilities for the future of the water treatment plant.
First on the agenda was a report from the Water Treatment Advisory Committee. The committee, formed of several members of council and community members, was tasked with whether the city should improve the current 80-year-old structure of the water treatment plant, to build a new treatment plant at the same location or to build another plant at another location. They considered social responsibility, environmental impacts and economics when weighing their options and decided a facility should be built at a new location and the old plant should remain running in the interim to supply the city with water. They also felt the new plant could be built next door at the Mill Pond and Skate Park site but there would be additional costs to re-outfit the Mill Pond for construction and the skate park would have to be relocated. Councilors decided to study the issue further and discuss it again in a month.
Councilors also discussed the possibilities of a power outage at the plant. On Christmas Day, 2010, the plant lost power for 12 hours and the system began to fail. The only option for councilors is to choose a mobile generator unit because codes do not allow for construction of a permanent unit on the property due to space. The options were for either a $230,000 used unit or a $320,000 new unit. Councilors leaned towards the new unit because it would be more dependable. The new mobile unit could also be utilized at a new treatment plant.
Finally, bids to paint the current water treatment plant have come in nearly $100,000 more than estimated and councilors will visit the topic on Wednesday as to whether or not to abandon the pursuit of painting and sealing cracks in the current plant.