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BG utilities operators work to increase qualifications PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN, Sentinel City Editor   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 10:00
Employees of Bowling Green's various utility operations continue to improve their professional certifications, the city's Board of Public Utilities was told Monday night.
Wastewater treatment plant Superintendent Doug Clark reported that a recent EPA inspection of 11 areas at the plant on Dunbridge Road meet qualifications, with no marginal or deficient operations noted.
"Three of the staff have also passed their Class 3 certifications, meaning nine of 10 on the staff have Class 3. To me, that is huge," Clark said.
The highest certification is Class 4. Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell said only a superintendent can qualify to pursue a Class 4 license. "This shows we have qualified people. It can do nothing but benefit the city," O'Connell said.
Mike Johnson, superintendent of the water distribution and wastewater collection division, reported that two employees recently passed their Class I certifications. He also noted that four staff members will be attending an EPA certification class on preventing backflow in the water system.
Johnson reported the department is working to complete the final 800 water meters to automatic read by the end of the year.
The board also:
•    Learned the granulated activated carbon will be replaced in six of the 12 tanks at the water treatment plant next week. The CAC is replaced in half of the tanks every year.
•    Approved a new fee schedule for equipment used in providing service to private customers. O'Connell said the fees regarding electric department equipment had not been updated in more than 20 years.
•    Approved applying for an Ohio Public Works Commission grant in an effort to offset part of the cost of a reservoir pump station project at the water treatment plant. O'Connell said grants usually range between $300,000 and $350,000.
•    Learned the board will hold its June 24 meeting as scheduled.
•    Heard Crestline Paving has been awarded the bid to handle sewer replacement projects on East Wooster Street between the CSX tracks and Manville Avenue and for an area on East Court Street. Both project are to be completed this summer. The contract is $167,860.

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