Sludge removal tops Pittsfield council agenda

Posted May 01, 2009, at 10:30 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Town councilors will be updated Tuesday on the ongoing sludge removal process at the wastewater treatment plant.

A meeting was held earlier this week among town officials, officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection and Acheron Engineering to discuss various removal options.

One — solar drying — was removed from the list due to Maine’s unpredictable weather.

Other options being researched include air-drying beds, geo tubes — bags that are pumped full of sludge and then left to dry — and mechanical removal, which is the most expensive of the options. Disposal options, such as using a landfill or spreading on land were also discussed.

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Pittsfield is being directed by DEP to undertake this project, which is years past due.

In other business, the council will:

— Ratify an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a brownfields cleanup grant for a property on Mount Road. The agreement increases the federal share of the project from $40,000 to $70,000, bringing the total project to $132,000.

— Vote on a proposal by Evolo Energy Solutions of Newport for a $60,165 wind turbine to be installed at the town’s transfer station and recycling center.

— Approve bid specification for two projects: a water pump installation for Pittsfield Water Works and engineering for the Pittsfield Industrial Park expansion.

— Approve negotiations for the town’s oil, propane and kerosene needs.

— Approve offering, on a first-come, first-served basis, a free ice cream freezer and piano from the Pittsfield Community Theater.


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