City Council Talks Transit, Considers Staff Raises, Boy Scout Project and Treatment Plant Project

 06/15/2014 - 01:12
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Monday night, Saline City Council will take up public transit, Summerfest, the city manager’s evaluation, raises for city staff, a Boy Scout project at the Depot Museum and more work on the waste water treatment plant.

Council has scheduled 6:30 p.m. work meeting to discuss proposals from the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and The Ride. Earlier this spring, city council signed a one-year deal to extend and expand the People’s Express dial-a-ride service in the city. The new contract dedicates one van to people commuting to out of town and another to in-town trips. But Mayor Brian Marl has said that Saline’s long term public transit needs will likely be served by the AAATA/The Ride.  Council needs to determine what kind of service the city needs, and how to pay for it.

The regular council meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. During presentations, Saline Middle School seventh graders will share results of water quality testing done on the Saline River at Mill Pond Park and Curtiss Park.

In new business, Troop 416 Boy Scout Max Kelley seeks council’s approval to build a 10-by-10-foot shed at the Depot Museum. The shed will house the museum’s velocipede, a man-powered maintenance vehicle for the railroad tracks. The project has already been approved by the Historic District Commission. Kelley is conducting the project to achieve the Eagle Scout rank.

Saline City Council will also consider a request to allow the use of city streets and resources to conduct the 2014 Saline Summerfest and the 5K Run. Summerfest takes place Aug. 8-9 in downtown Saline, at Henne Field, Mill Pond Park and Curtiss Park.

The conversation will shift from summer fun to stinky sludge, as council considers a staff recommendation to filter and dispose of 550,000 gallons of unprocessed biosolids. The city normally land applies its digested sludge, but because the city’s anaerobic digester was down, this sludge wasn’t processed.  Therefore it cannot be land applied. Storage of the material has caused several issues and is forcing the city to close its septage receiving station, which costs the city between $15,000-25,000 a month. Staff recommends awarding the filter pressing and disposal contract to Syagro Midwest for $76,000.

On a somewhat related note, city council is also being asked to approve the spending of $215,000 for the design and bidding services for phase two of the wastewater treatment plant project. 

Council is expected to go into closed session for its evaluation of City Manager Todd Campbell.

City Council will also decide on raises for city staff. (See the proposed increases below).

 

 

 

Tran Longmoore
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