Engineer presents wastewater plant proposal
Published 10:41 pm Monday, November 17, 2008
The city’s governing body proved Monday plans for an 86-acre
residential and commercial development did not die with the previous
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The city council listened to a proposal about a wastewater treatment plant
from an engineer with ADL Engineering based in Fort Payne and Prattville.
The development is several years away, council members said, but they all
agreed building a decentralized treatment plant is a necessary first step
for the project to continue.
“With the development of this master plan, the paramount thing is wastewater
treatment. You’ve got to have a way to get all these communities’ wastewater
treated and handled and out of there,” said engineer Will Barrett. “Septic
tanks aren’t the way to go because of the density you’re trying to achieve.”
The development is located adjacent to the city park and walking trail on
County Road 16. More than 19 acres of commercial and office space are
planned, as well as almost 28 acres of residential space. The site of the
treatment plant is proposed on a nine-acre wooded lot on the northwest
corner of the development.
Plans for the project were initiated before the Aug. 26 election.
Part of Barrett’s presentation was to assure residents they would not have
to worry about typical problems associated with wastewater treatment plants.
Smell was the chief concern.
The city has yet to decide what type of plant it wants. It was initially
planned for a flow of 15,000 gallons per day. Barrett said construction cost
of a plant that size is usually estimated at $7 to $10 per gallon, meaning a
possible range of $105,000 to $150,000.
The estimate also will depend on a study by the Alabama Department of
Environmental Management that will determine contaminants in the area.
Valley Grande Mayor Tom Lee said the city council wants the plant to be
engineered so that outlying areas have the option of tapping into its