Civic politicians sanction procurement toward study of Lunenburg’s sewage treatment

by Keith Corcoran

In the wake of recent questionable water quality results originating from the town's harbour and ongoing public complaints about the smell emanating from the Starr Street wastewater plant, Lunenburg is taking first steps to tackle the problem.

The town is forging ahead with procuring qualified expertise to examine the treatment process and collection system associated with its sewage plant.

Town council agreed September 26 to proceed with a request-for-proposals (RFP) after engineering staff created a terms of reference in response to civic politicians wanting to see what new technologies and upgrades would make sense for its wastewater treatment process.

Lunenburg's assistant town engineer Jamie Burgess told council that experts beyond engineers - such as biologists - could be valid sources of information.

The study will probe options including adjustments or additions to the current treatment process as it relates to the plant, commissioned in 2003.

Town engineer Marc Belliveau cautioned it could be months before the job, initially estimated to cost in the mid-five figures, is awarded.

The town's already paid for engineering involved to establish an odour control system at the sewage plant and recently the province and federal government promised $286,750 and $573,500 respectively toward installing a biofilter system to combat the problem.

Civic politicians discussed the RFP for about 25 minutes before Mayor Rachel Bailey asked that for the topic go to a closed session as it she felt it bordered on contract negotiations.

Bailey told LighthouseNOW that council approved proceeding with a RFP but financials still need to be worked out before any procurement can be sanctioned.

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