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Water and wastewater issues concern Globe Council

Posted: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Globe — Globe City Council held a special meeting Monday night with the most important item being to address immediate water and wastewater concerns that the city is facing.

The council approved an authorization for City Manager Brent Billingsley to issue a purchase order to EUSI LLC not to exceed $57,588, for three months of operation and maintenance of the the city's water and wastewater due to the resignation of the city's water person last week.

The City has received a consent order and a number of notices of violation on the city's water and wastewater systems over the past few months from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

EUSI will work as an extension of the City's staff serving as program manager to oversee, address issues, coordinate permitting, provide periodic reports and updates, and provide utility management of operations and maintenance.

The council also ratified Billingsley's signature on an emergency contract with EUSI for Water and Wastewater consulting service for three years with a 60-day separation written notice.

Billingsley offered the council some personnel duty changes based on these water and wastewater issues. Those involved in the duty changes will have some immediate concerns facing them, namely: chlorine feed, standard operating procedures (SOP), water site sampling,compliance monitoring and reporting, installation of dedicated sampling locations, facility inspection protocol, safety protocol facility maintenance and inventory and development of a Quality Assurance and Quality SOP manual.

In another water related issue, Finance Director Theresa Williams was given authorization to post notice of intention to increase water and wastewater rates and fees on the city's website for 60 days. The rate of the increase will be on the website. The public hearing regarding the rate increase will be July 10, 2013.

Although the idea of raising rates is anathema to Mayor Terry Wheeler, he said, “We are going to be out of business if we don't get our water infrastructure fixed.” Adding, “We know we need to do this, but we don't want to jeopardize people on fixed incomes."

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