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City to consider biosolids facility

July 30, 2012
By KYLE WHITNEY - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Marquette City Commission is scheduled to consider awarding a bid for the construction of a biosolids storage facility - at a cost of more than $444,000 - at tonight's meeting.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. in commission chambers at city hall.

The new facility, which would be located at the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, would allow the city to store biosolids on-site for up to 180 days, which is mandated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Currently, the city has about 100 days of storage capacity. The city uses the biosolids for a variety of applications, including on mining reclamation projects and agricultural land, throughout the summer months.

However, land application is not permitted on frozen ground and limited storage space forces the city to transport the material to the landfill in the winter.

A new facility would greatly increase the city's capacity for biosolids storage and would mean Marquette would be able to save money by storing the material until the ground thawed.

During February capital outlay discussions prior to developing the city's 2012-2013 budget, the commission approved the construction of a facility. At that time, staff estimated it would allow the city to save up to $31,000 annually on hauling costs.

The city received eight bids on the construction of the project and the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Advisory Board earlier this month recommended granting the project to Premeau Construction at a cost of $444,987.

The money for the project would come from the Marquette Area Wastewater Treatment Facility Reserve Fund.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.



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