Belding hires engineering firm for lagoon repairs

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:56 am on Friday, June 07, 2013

Maintenance on the lagoons at Belding’s wastewater treatment facility to address a slow leak will be underway early this autumn.


BELDING — Maintenance on the lagoons at Belding’s wastewater treatment facility to address a slow leak will be underway early this fall after Belding City Council members approved a proposal from an engineering firm to help perform the work.

After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot, council members approved a proposal from Fleis and VandenBrink Engineering Inc. out of Grand Rapids not to exceed $12,800.

“Fleis and Vandenbrink have been working with the city for a number of years and have expertise in their firm relative to wastewater treatment facilities,” Belding City Manager Meg Mullendore said. “Further, they have intimate knowledge of our lagoon system and the needs of our system.”

According to Mullendore, a work plan submitted by the city to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) stipulates that the city address correcting a berm situation where a slow leak is present.
“It is of the utmost importance to take care of sooner rather than later,” she said.

According to the scope of services provided by Fleis and VandenBrink, the city is planning to execute maintenance and repairs to the southeast interior berm of lagoon No. 2 at the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Work plan tasks performed by the city include lowering the lagoon to the lowest water level attainable to expose the interior berm without disrupting the wastewater treatment process, perform a field evaluation of accumulated sludge, verify areas of proposed clay repairs, remove and stockpile existing topsoil, remove a minimum of 12-inches of existing berm and providing new clay and topsoil to be placed over berm repair areas.

“We understand that the city is requesting engineering assistance to complete the tasks outlined in the work plan,” Project Manager Robert Wilcox said in a letter to Mullendore. “We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with these services.”

The engineering firm will provide assistance in performing the field evaluation, sampling sludge in the lagoon, and reviewing and confirming areas of clay repairs.

The firm will also evaluate contractor bids and prepare recommendations to the city.

Work is expected to begin on Oct. 15.

According to Mullendore, $150,000 has been allocated in the budget for the repairs and maintenance of the lagoons.

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