An inspection of the city’s sewer system yielded a good report but also recommended some actions.
Steve Bainbridge of BGM Engineers reported to the Shelbyville City Council last week that the 5-year discharge permit was approved with conditions to reduce combined sewer overflows and improve the water overall.
Bainbridge said that new pumps were needed at the lift station lagoon and that physical construction could begin this summer.
“They (EPA) did give you a timeline. It’s better to stay ahead of it,” he said.
The current combined system includes both the sanitary and storm sewers.
“If everything were being built today, you’d have separate sewers,” Bainbridge said.
“The EPA wants to see you plan to prevent overflows. Currently you have tanks and then overflow to creeks,” he continued.
Bainbridge advised that the city currently has permits through the first quarter of the year and that construction permits are good for a year and are renewable. Engineering costs would be $35,000, but the amount on the construction project cannot be determined at this time.
When questioned about grants for the project, Bainbridge told the board that the EPA has a revolving loan program with 20-year loans at less than 3 percent interest.
The council approved BGM Engineering to draw plans for the replacement of the lift station pumps.
Commissioner Gib Smart told the council that there is some potential liability issues with the workers in the Sunken Garden in Forest Park. He suggested appointing the Friends of the Sunken Garden as a city committee so they could be covered under the city’s insurance.
“It wouldn’t cost the city any money to do that,” Smart added.
The committee would be designated by the city to work in the Sunken Garden under the name Sunken Garden Improvement Committee.
The council approved making them a city committee.