Council to consider upgrade bid

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 09:15 PM

City officials are just days away from the likely approval of a contractor to upgrade the North Side Pump Station.
City Council cleared the final details Monday to consider a bid as soon as March 18 from Brushy Mountain Builders Inc. of Lenoir.  The upgrades will bring the sewer pump station on West Cooksey Drive up to modern standards with new motors and drives for existing pumps and a new generator.
Council has approved funding through a $632,500 state loan to be paid back over 20 years. The city will add $126,000 from enterprise funds.
City officials moved to upgrade the station and the wastewater infrastructure in 2009 following a massive wastewater spill.
Council also is scheduled to discuss ways to improve the East Davidson Pump Station, the site of a nearly 100,000-gallon spill last month. The untreated wastewater spilled into three creeks in Thomasville over five hours.
The East Davidson station on Old Emmanuel Church Road experiences overflows because aging equipment can’t handle heavy rains. Renovations are estimated to cost $825,000. The city wants to use state loan funds for the project.
The city also plans to replace a large section of the North Hamby sewer outfall line with a $2.7 million state loan to pay for  about 9,300 linear feet of sewer line from Baptist Children’s Home Road to Carmalt Street.

Upgrades

Pumps: Upgrading the North Side Pump Station is one of three projects Thomasville is undertaking to improve the sewer and water infrastructure.

Spills: In July and August 2009, nearly 16 million gallons of sewage spilled into Abbotts Creek and High Rock Lake. Thomasville was fined thousands of dollars because of it.