Pigeon Forge approves emergency repairs to wastewater facility

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

The city’s wastewater supervisor Martin Cross addressed the city commission at its meeting Monday night, bringing about an impromptu measure for a new pump at a wastewater fill station experiencing an emergency.

“Last week we had an issue at one of the two pumps at the Middle Creek (at Jayell Road) station, and we pulled that pump out and bid it out to a contractor for evaluation,” Cross said during the Manager’s Report section toward the end of the meeting.

Cross said the contractor estimated the repair of the pump at $8,115, and the required parts will take four weeks to be delivered.

“So I was hoping that you all could consider approving this expense tonight rather than me having to wait two weeks,” Cross said.

Commissioner Howard Reagan asked how much a new pump would cost. Cross responded that it would be approximately $26,000.

“There was no problem, per se, at the pump station,” Cross said. “No overflow. The other pump in there is reliable.”

Commissioner Randal Robinson asked whether this situation was causing the odor in the area.

“Shouldn’t be,” Cross said. “… There’s also a horse stable over there.”

The motion to approve the pump repair passed unanimously.

The commission also approved:

An ordinance to amend the number of members of the Pigeon Forge Beer Board and to amend section 8-203 of the Pigeon Forge Beer Ordinance, first reading

A mutual release and settlement agreement with Darby Campbell, Bob McManus and Holt Gallery, LLC to relocate a billboard from 1478 Wears Valley Road to Easy Stop 2015 Parkway

Abandoning city street Tammy King Boulevard

The rejection of a proposal for ATM services at LeConte Center and a request for new proposals

The purchase of membranes and equipment for the wastewater treatment plant from Environmental Dynamics

A bid from Landon Electric to purchase EQ basin level control equipment for the wastewater treatment plant

A 5311 Rural Transportation Grant for design work and architectural plans for the new trolley center building

Reimbursing Barker Industries for the tree clearing on the city’s 50-acre property in the amount of $25,542.13, which was unbudgeted and will be paid for out of fund balance

A bid from McNelly-Whaley Ford to purchase a full-size SUV for the fire department, paid for out of the fire department’s current fiscal year budget

Accepting the 2013 SAFER Grant from the Department of Homeland Security for the fire department for a volunteer recruitment and retention program

A bid from ICM to purchase a ditch box for the utility department

A bid from Goforth Tire to purchase tires for city vehicles

A bid from Greenville Oil Company to purchase oil, grease and lubricant for fleet maintenance

A bid from Fisher Auto Parts to purchase parts for fleet maintenance

A bid from Johnstone Supply to purchase six mini-split heat pumps for the water plant

The purchase of a mid-size sedan from McNelly-Whaley Ford for the community development department, paid for out of the current fiscal year budget

The purchase of a 15-passenger van from McNelly-Whaley Ford for the parks and recreation department, paid for out of the department’s current fiscal year budget

A bid from Rocky Top Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge to purchase a crew cab pickup for the building maintenance department, paid for out of the department’s current fiscal year budget

The donation of 314 books to the Friends of the Pigeon Forge Public Library

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