Odor control to continue at Marietta plant

MARIETTA – Odor control chemicals will continue to be added during the sludge dewatering process at Marietta’s Wastewater Treatment Plant until the second phase of the treatment plant upgrade is completed next year, according to a discussion during a council water, sewer and sanitation committee meeting Tuesday.

Wastewater superintendent Steve Elliott asked for $40,000 to be budgeted to purchase VX-456, an odor-reducing chemical the plant has been adding to the sewage treatment process for more than a year after stores and restaurants near the treatment plant expressed concerns the sewer odor was impacting their businesses.

“We’ve nearly spent the last of the $32,000 we received last year to buy the chemical, and want to budget another $40,000 to get us through 2014,” Elliott said. “Since we started using the VX-456 we’re not getting complaints about the odor like we were before the chemical was added.”

The second phase of the wastewater plant upgrade, currently underway, will include improvements that will help eliminate odors, but until that phase is completed the odor-reducing chemical will be needed, Elliott said.

In other business Tuesday, city development director Andy Coleman asked council’s lands, buildings and parks committee members for legislation authorizing the city to enter into a contract using Ohio Public Works Commission funds to purchase 21 acres of property, between Cisler Drive and the Oak Grove Cemetery, from Bob and Betty Boersma.

The $126,169 in grant funds was awarded the city earlier this year to purchase the platted property for permanent green space that can be used for hiking and biking trails. The Boersmas will contribute $42,056 back to the city to provide matching funds for a total $168,225 in available grant funding.

Councilman Roger Kalter said once the property transfer is completed volunteers will begin developing trails for mountain biking and hiking through the area.

There are more than 1,000 acres of green space in Marietta.