Dirty discussion: Carson City Council looks at sludge

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 3:05 pm on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CARSON CITY — The Carson City Council meeting Tuesday night started off with discussion about sludge.

Three council members — Dan Cusack, Neil Kapustka and Tom McCrackin — had many questions about the monthly cost of sludge treatment at city sewer ponds.

“We have been with them about two years now,” said City Administrator Mark Borden. “This is a chemical process to take care of the sludge and we are down two-thirds from 2 feet two years ago.”

Kapustka wanted to know how the sludge was previously treated.

“Is this on cost every month for this treatment?” Kapustka asked. “How did we control the sludge before?”

Department of Public Works Director Dan Curtis informed council members that another company maintained the sludge before and they billed the city quarterly.

Borden added that this company has kept Carson City Regional Correctional Facility officials happy and the odor is better controlled.

McCrackin asked Curtis if he noticed a difference in the odor.

“It still smells,” Curtis said. “I haven’t noticed a real difference in odor.”

Borden agreed to look into a cost-benefit comparison about controlling sludge build-up.

“Preventing the sludge build-up helps maintain pond capacity and reduces odor,” Borden said.

In other matters, trick or treat hours were set from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

The Water/Sewer Committee recommended the city council approve new water meters. The new technology will allow readings to be collected by DPW workers from the street, rather walking house to house. The computer-generated billing system also will help expedite the process of water billing.

Other items discussed at Tuesday’s meeting included fencing at Grove Park and new asphalt being poured in front of City Hall, which will be done this week, weather permitting, according to Borden.

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