Utilities Workshop 2011 /2012. October 24, 2011. Departmental Organization Year to Date Accomplishments Departmental Budget Equipment Inventory Present Needs Future Planning City Manager Comments Commission Comments Public Comments. Agenda. BILL GREEN Utilities Director.
October 24, 2011
During the past year the Utilities Department has had an opportunity to assess the re-organization of its staff. During this time, we have been able to cut back on the number of emergency call outs while ensuring the operational integrity of the utility system.
CURRENT STAFFINGUtilities Director (1)AdministrativeAssistant to Utilities Director (1)Water Treatment Plant Operator (1)Wastewater Plant Operator (1)Dual Licensed Water/Wastewater Operator (2)Maintenance Technician 1 (2) Maintenance Technician 2 (1)Meter Reader / Maintenance Technician (2)The Department is still in need of additional maintenance technicians for field work. It is our hope to be able to maintain the budget to allow for the addition of at new maintenance positions in the future.
Committed to improve the quality of water in the City of Bunnell
We are in the engineering and financial planning stage of achieving our goal to providing a better quality drinking water for the citizens of Bunnell.
We have secured funding to construct a new aerator, ground storage tank and an additional well. This will complete two of the three phases of the water treatment plant upgrades. We continue to work with McKim & Creed Engineering to determine the best available and cost effective technology for the water treatment process. This process will need to remove hardness and organic matter. We are currently looking at the following treatment processes:1. Nano filtration2. Ion Exchange 3. Lime softening The engineering and permitting for the new aerator and ground storage tank have been submitted.
We have identified, mapped and reworked the existing water system piping at the water treatment plant. This work has included the replacement/removal of many valves that were either abandoned or were not operational.
Installed a sewer collection station to allow for the dumping of septage. This system allows for the removal of rags and debris before it is allowed to be processed through the treatment plant. Currently the State is looking into new regulations that will require our facility to accept septage from private haulers of septic tanks within our service area. We are looking to see this rule go into effect possibly within the next year. This collection system will serve such a requirement.
Installed a vehicle wash down system ( to be completed by the end of this year) for heavy equipment and the large trucks that the City currently owns. (Vac-Con truck; Garbage truck) This system is utilizing reuse water and has a recovery system for this water to be sent back to the sewer treatment process for re-treatment.
The South Anderson Lift station has been completed and is working properly. This station handles approximately 85% of the City’s sewage.
WASTEWATER DEPARTMENT IMPROVEMENTS
Departmental BudgetOverall our department was able to stay within the operational budget for the year 2010/2011. We were able to streamline our operations and add some vitally needed equipment to help in the day to day operations as well as continuing to give us the ability to conduct emergency repairs in house. We did not request to raise the utility rates by the 8% that was approved in 2009. Due to this department’s ability to conduct repairs in house and to have a better understanding of the overall operational cost of our system. we have been able to make additional cost savings to allow for monies to been spent in other areas; such as the engineering and financial planning for the future of the Utilities Department. This has allowed us to plan for future needs and the ability to finance the required upgrades and repairs to our system.
Departmental Budget(Continued)Currently, the department has a solid financial and operational plan to move forward and to be able to meet the customer needs, as well as the regulatory requirements of the FDEP. We have strived very hard to account for every dollar that has come into the department and to utilize this money in the best interest of all the customers within our service area. We have moved forward with engineering plans to allow for the expansion of our system to service customers that are within the Flagler County area.Our projected revenue last year was $1,816,067.00Our actual revenue taken in was (through 8/31/11) $1,722,706.00(Once year end revenues are added we will have exceeded our projections)Our estimated carry over from last year to this year $610,000.00Water Department: Allotted $1,248,676.00 Spent $846,670.00 68%(Due to Capital Projects that have been carried over to FY 11/12)Wastewater Department:Allotted $1,606,270.00 Spent $851,433.00 53%(Due to Capital Projects that have been carried over to FY 11/12)
The City has responded to the need of planning for the future of our water and sewer demands with hard decision making and financial planning and engineering.
Thank you for supporting the staff of the Utilities Department, we strive very hard to make a difference here. I want to assure this commission and the citizens of Bunnell that we will continue to find and implement ways to make improvements to our system in order to provide quality water that they will be proud of in the near future.
I am looking forward to the 2011/2012 year. This is the year that we will start to see many of the improvements that we have worked so hard in planning and engineering for.
I understand that most of the improvements that have been made to our systems have been underground and in buildings the citizens do not readily visit. That is about to change. They will see old tanks removed and new tanks installed. They will see and taste a difference in their water as a direct result of these improvements.
It is my desire to continue to improve the quality and dependability of the City utilities system, I would like to thank my staff for working so hard and for showing the true dedication that is needed to keep up with the demanding needs of a product such as ours.
I would like to take a moment and thank the City Manager for the support and faith that he has put in me and my staff over the last two and a half years.
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