CLEARFIELD – Work on the Montgomery Dam was part of the discussion during Monday’s rescheduled Clearfield Municipal Authority meeting.
Manager John Williams brought up the subject of capital projects and Engineer Jim Balliet of Gwin, Dobson & Foreman Inc. expanded on the subject.
He said that they have been hearing that there may be money forthcoming for infrastructure projects through the federal government and said that if CMA wants to take advantage of that money, they need to have one or two projects “shovel ready.”
He suggested that CMA look at work at Montgomery Dam, both repairs and improvements at the dam and replacement of the sand-filtering system to a membrane filtering system.
CMA has been aware that the state Department of Environmental Protection is going to require work on the dam sometime in the future, and the authority has been hoping that a state-wide precipitation study will result in less work than originally proposed.
Balliet said when the time comes to do that work, the dam will have to be taken offline and CMA will need to supplement the water supply with well Nos. four and five, which have started the process of permitting through the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
If CMA does the membrane project first, the new filtering system will better handle fluctuating water quality from the wells during the two years of work.
For the SRBC well permitting, a proposal was submitted to CMA for the necessary testing to re-permit wells four and five which, with wetland delineation, the estimated cost is $50,000.
The current permit for the wells, which produce 500 gallons of water per minute, expires in 2025, so the work likely won’t begin until 2022 or 2023.
Balliet and Williams will get more information on what is needed to get the filter replacement project to the point where it will be ready if funding is released.
The board learned that CMA has switched to the new billing system and a few minor things are being taken care of. A new payment system for phone payments and for online payments will be released and more information sent out with customer bills.
Finally, on May 9-10, the Hyde Sanitary Sewer Overflow was open for nine hours for a total of 154,000 gallons and a report was submitted to DEP on the incident.