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Council OKs pump for Falls City’s wastewater treatment plant
FALLS CITY -- A new suction pump for the city’s wastewater plant is just one of the upcoming improvements planned for Falls City’s public works system. The Falls City City Council voted to authorize the pump’s purchase at its July 18 meeting.
Public Works Supervisor Jeremy Mandel said after the meeting that the city will spend an estimated $23,000 --which includes approximately $11,700 for the actual pump -- to have the unit installed. Funds for the project come from a community development block grant, he said.
Once in place, Mandel said the pump will be used to drain one of the effluent ponds at the plant, so that the pond can be rehabilitated. This is in response to a citation the city received from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality related to ongoing erosion of the banks of that pond and other ponds at the plant.
Also related to public works, Mandel said final engineering plans are being developed for the installation of a submersible pump for one of the city’s water wells. Funding for this project -- for which planning began after the Artesian well feeding the city’s water supply stopped flowing freely in December -- comes from a $350,000 drought relief grant. Other projects being funded by the grant include maintenance and repairs of blower towers and cooling towers.
Once the engineering plans are complete, Mandel said the city will solicit bids for the work.
In other business, the council at its July 18 meeting granted formal adoption of amendments to the city’s regulations on sexually oriented businesses. Mayor Brent Houdmann said after the meeting that the amendments are the same as those proposed June 13 by City Attorney Acie McAda, which the council approved on that date. (See “Falls City amends rules for ‘adult’ establishments,” June 20.)
While no sexually oriented businesses have set up shop in Falls City, there is development occurring there. Houdmann said homebuilder Marvin Wiatrek has constructed two homes in the Titzman subdivision off F.M. 887 and hopes to complete 14 homes there. Wiatrek purchased seven lots and will approach the city’s newly formed board of adjustments in August with a plan to replat the property to allow for 14 lots.
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