Liberty mulls extending sewer service to gate company

September 03, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - The City Council is pondering a request from Tarter Gate Co. to extend sewer service to Dunnville to treat the company's industrial wastewater. With the added service, Tarter Gate has pledged to increase its workforce by 50 to 100 jobs, Mayor Steve Sweeney said.

A study done by GRW, an engineering firm in Lexington, indicates that two alternative routes are available - one along U.S. 127 South, which is considered the shortest and most economical, and the other along Green River. Cost is estimated between $1.2 million and $1.6 million. State and federal grants and loans could possibly finance the project.

The study shows that Tarter Gate uses industrial processes of anodizing, chemical etching, chromating and milling. Federal regulations show the company is classified as a categorical industry under the Metal Finishing Categorical Pretreatment Standards and must comply with stringent wastewater discharge limits.

Tarter is currently installing an industrial wastewater treatment plant to allow its discharge to meet federal requirements. The company hauls its wastewater to the city for treatment.


If the proposal is approved by the city, the new sewer line could be hooked into the pump station at the city's industrial park.

Four pump stations would be needed to transport the water if the U.S. 127 route is used, and three would be needed on the river route.

At a special City Council meeting Tuesday, Sweeney said the city can apply for up to a half million dollars in Rural Development or Appalachian Regional Commission funds and match those funds with a low-interest loan. He said if the line is extended to the gate company, other businesses and residents along the way will be allowed to hook on.

There was some concern about the effect the proposal would have on the city's plan for service extensions south of town and along Ky. 70 across Green River.

"I don't think that will effect the city's project," said Sweeney. He said the Tarter project depends on grant money and low-interest loans that can be obtained. He also said the current sewer system treats 160,000 gallons per day and that Tarter will probably have about 5,000-6,000 gallons of wastewater to treat a week.

"The project is an economic development project, which is different from residential," said Arlen Sanders, executive director of the Liberty Economic Development Authority. "The money comes from a different pot. This can open up a whole new corridor, and the sewer system can handle it."

He said much of the burden will be on Tarter Gate in operational and construction costs.

However, Sweeney said the city will have to maintain the sewer lines and lift stations.

"We need to look at the big picture of economic development," said Councilman Barry Davis, who operates a gate distribution center near Dunnville. "This is not a small operation. When finished, it could add up to 700 jobs in the county," he said.

"I think we need to study this," said Councilman Earl "Monk" Wilson.

Sweeney said if the project is approved by the city, an application must be made by Oct. 1 or it will be another year before another application can be made.

The proposal will be on the agenda at the Sept. 10 City Council meeting.

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