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Pegram News: Sewer System Improving Monthly

The Pegram Board of Mayor and Aldermen met in regular session last week. Bob Sanders was absent.

There was more good news concerning the efficiency of the sewer operations for Pegram. Vice Mayor Bill Herbert explained that “It could not be better. When you don’t have any colonies of e-coli, you’re really doing well­ … this thing has improved every month”. From Sewer Inspector Bob Gupton’s report: “The average flow of wastewater treated at the sewer plant for the month of September was 24,500 gallons per day. I have received the lab results of the sample taken 10/11/12 for the October State DMR report. The results of the lab report reflect a significant improvement in the effluent treatment at the facility. The ammonia levels ­­­­continue to decline and the nitrate levels are increasing (which are indicators of an efficient treatment). The Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) is very good and there were no colonies of E-coli detected. There is no ponding of water on the RSF (recirculating sand filter) or in the drip irrigation fields. All of these reflect a significant improvement in the function and operation of the Town’s wastewater facility.”

Gupton went on to say that he and Public Works Supervisor, Larry Martin will begin attending training sessions twice monthly on “basics of effluent collection, treatment system operations, and drip irrigation operation”. The training is being offered free of cost and will include a variety of speakers, including engineers, regulators, and experienced STEP (Septic Tank Effluent Pump) system operators.

Sessions Paving Co. was awarded the $99,133 paving bid for the town. That does not mean that the town will do all the projects that were included in the bid. The projects will be chosen according to need and expense. Mayor Morehead suggested and the board agreed that the 1st roads that need attention now are Zapata, Carmella and Garcia. If funds hold out they will first add Hickory Hollow. Next spring there will likely be more streets paved, Harpeth Haven being the one discussed for the next spot on the list. The board wants to maintain a minimum balance of $50,000 in the streets account.

The meetings over the next 2 months will occur as follows: The November COTW meeting will occur on November 8th at 7p.m., and there will be a combined November – December meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on December 6th at 7p.m.

There will be no COTW meeting in December.

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