Officials approve funding to remove chlorine tanks at wastewater facility

Selectmen updated on status of town wharf repair work
By Ben Holbrook | Jun 24, 2014

Searsport — Searsport selectmen authorized funding at the request of the town manager to remove aging chlorine tanks at the wastewater plant.

Town Manager James Gillway told selectmen during a June 17 meeting he was seeking authorization to spend up to $3,022.75 to remove two chlorine tanks that have not been used for a number of years since the town stopped using chlorine in its wastewater treatment process.

Gillway said there is a residual amount of chlorine in one of the tanks and about 30 pounds of chlorine in the other tank and they are beginning to show some signs of corrosion.

“I've been wanting to get rid of them for a long time,” he said.

He said the funding to remove the tanks would be taken from the town's regular operating account. Gillway added he hopes to have the tanks removed at some point during the summer.

Selectmen approved the funding request by a vote of 5-0 without further discussion.

In other business:

Selectmen tabled a discussion to the next regular meeting about opening new lots in Bowditch Cemetery.

Gillway informed selectmen a request for an extension of time from the town's withdrawal committee to the Maine Department of Education was granted.

Gillway updated selectmen on the status of the repairs to the town wharf. Gillway said he did not have a definitive date for when the project will go out to bid, but hopes it will happen in the near future. He said the town has bid letters prepared to be sent out and he anticipates work on the wharf will begin before the end of the summer.

“We've really reached the the point where we can't wait,” he said.

He further added that the town has signs posted on the wharf warning people to be careful and that some of the more dangerous sections have been roped off.

According to previously published reports, the town will need to replace around 100 feet of the wharf's main structure, as well as replace some of its floating docks and repair or replace the water lines, electrical system and lighting.

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