Benton to replace pump
Article Author: Emily Dilbeck
Debbie Swigert, City Recorder, reported a pump was down in the sewer plant’s deep well and needed to be fixed as soon as possible.
Mayor Jerry Stephens explained that the deep well has two pumps that are used to clean water before it is pumped back out of the plant. Swigert said the broken pump would be removed Tuesday, but that it is dangerous for one pump to run alone. Stephens said he worried that allowing one pump to run alone for an extended period of time would force it to break down, leading to even more repairs.
Stephens told the Commission that either he or Swigert can take emergency action with approval from the Board in order to respond swiftly. Commissioner Pack made a motion to approve allowing Swigert to take emergency action for repairs to the pump. Commissioner Jenkins seconded this motion.
Swigert says she is unsure of the total cost, but is working quickly to make necessary repairs.
Swigert also told the Commission that the Water Plant needs to conduct its annual backflow testing as soon as possible. She explained Benton Water Works employee Robbie Hatcher is now licensed to do the test himself, but needs special equipment in order to do so. The equipment should cost between $800 and $1,200. Mayor Stephens made a motion to approve buying the equipment, which Commissioner Jenkins seconded.
The Commission also voted to approve making Officer David Bloom a full-time temporary employee of the Benton City Police Department.
The Benton City Commission meets the first Monday of every month at 5 pm in the Benton Municipal Building on Highway 411.
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