Orangeburg City Council gave first reading Tuesday night to a series of ordinances that will help finance the Department of Public Utilities’ $27.5 million wastewater treatment plant overhauls and improvements.
The city’s bond attorney, Charlton deSaussure Jr., of the Charleston law practice of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, reported that the S.C. Water Quality Revolving Fund Authority “acted favorably” to the city’s request to borrow approximately $25 million from the agency.
As a result of receiving approval from the Revolving Fund Authority, State Utility Contractors Inc. of Monroe, N.C. is expected to ink a contract with the city for the wastewater treatment plant project. The company submitted the lowest bid of $22,987,000.
Final terms and conditions of the city’s contract with State Utility Contractors will come in the form of an ordinance that will require three public readings prior to approval.
DPU Director Tommy Miller said the earliest start date for construction, which will take more than two years, could be July or August.
The project will entail the addition of a sludge storage facility, plus upgrades to the grit-removal system; a fine-bubble diffused aeration basin, which introduces underwater air to help destroy organic matter; and a clarifier, which removes sediment from raw wastewater.
The work will also include upgrading the “existing SCADA control system,” Miller said, describing the supervisory-control and data-acquisition system “which will allow us to better monitor the existing and new equipment and also improve the efficiency and, of course, the operation of the plant.”
Also during the meeting:
Benjamin Brown, 7, an honor student at Mellichamp Elementary School, received a standing ovation from city officials and everyone present after speaking about his upcoming academic development trip through the Envision program at Williams Peace University in Raleigh, N.C.
Brown’s teacher, Mary Williams, selected him to represent the school at the National Youth Leadership Forum.
“We as a council and we as citizens of Orangeburg have a lot to learn from this young man,” Councilman Charles Jernigan said.
Council appointed Spencer Dixon to the Orangeburg Planning Commission.
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