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Odor troubleshooting to continue

JOHNSTOWN — Staff at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility on Union Avenue will continue troubleshooting sludge and odor issues in the wake of 18 odor complaints this summer.

Plant Manager Wallace Arnold reported on the situation at a recent meeting of the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board.

Arnold said he received 10 odor complaints in July and eight in August from Breckenridge Drive residents in the city of Johnstown. He said 12 of the complaints were from two residents. He said he notified the state Department of Environmental Conservation of all the odor complaints.

In an attempt to cut down on odors, he said a third pump was connected to a potassium permanganate chemical feed system. Arnold said the pump drained the tank too quickly not allowing the chemical time to dissolve. He said the Carus Corp. recommended switching out the system’s auger to a helical coil auger. He said a new spring auger installation is underway.

Arnold said the facility’s Contact Absorption Settling Thickening system (CAST system) settling tank was emptied to clean out a thick layer of dairy sludge and buildup of undissolved potassium permanganate. He said the Maintenance Department fabricated a rake to pull floating solids off the tank, but the heavy sludge couldn’t be adequately pulled.

He said sewage treatment plant staff will continue troubleshooting sludge and odor issues of the CAST system.

In other board business:

— The board denied three sewer bill protests, but approved one. Denied were sewer bill adjustments for: 69 Second St., Gloversville; 4 Pennsylvania Ave., Johnstown; and 218 W. Second Ave., Johnstown. Approved was a sewer bill adjustment for property at 3 Knox Ave,, Johnstown. The protest was for excess water usage and Arnold inspected the premises. The board approved a credit of $300 since the water didn’t enter the sewer system to be treated.

— Administrative Aide Hilary Ruzycky reported a Records Retention and Disposition Schedule issued by the State Archives — previously adopted by the board — are now obsolete. She said a replacement Schedule was received.

— Board Chairman John Rizzo inquired if a review of financial policies at the sewer plant is progressing.

It was noted Fiscal Officer Donna Renda is gathering and reviewing policies to be presented at upcoming budget meetings,

— Rizzo also inquired if the facility’s Administrative Building HVAC improvement project is complete.

Arnold reported Stant’s Capital Combustion met Aug. 26 with local code enforcement officials for a site inspection. He said code enforcement noted three items of concern addressed by Stant’s the same day. The firm will schedule another inspection with code enforcement before startup of the boilers.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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