City seeks input on plant operation

By Kristin Tribe | Published Monday, July 8, 2013

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The City of Chico will be fine-tuning the operation of its wastewater treatment plant.

Tuesday night the council approved a contract with KSA Engineering for $4,200. Mayor J.D. Clark said the firm would provide wastewater plant operator support.

“One of their wastewater specialists will stay out here for a while, and he will shadow and work with our plant guys and observe how they’re doing things,” he explained. “He’ll make recommendations on how we can operate the plant better.”

Clark said he wanted to make sure the city is operating it “the best that we can.” The KSA representative will likely start sometime within the next two months, depending on other city projects.

The council tabled action on the purchase of new equipment for the vehicle of resident deputy Mike Neagle, an officer with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. A taser, digital still camera, dashboard camera and radar inside the car were destroyed when the vehicle burned in the midst of a chase Feb. 3. The car belonged to the county, but the interior equipment belonged to the City of Chico.

Clark said the city received $3,000 from the insurance company, but it was going to cost almost $8,000 to replace everything. Since the reimbursement wouldn’t cover even half of the purchase, Clark said the council decided to delay it until the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

“The vehicle that the deputy is using now has equipment in it (belonging to the county) that he can use until we get the new equipment,” Clark said. “Neagle said it’s sufficient.”

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