City OKs new EMC contract
and traffic improvement
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[FEB. 19, 2004]
A new agreement between the
city and the company that manages the wastewater treatment plant,
Environmental Management Corporation, has been reached. The new
agreement is less complicated and it's less money, according to the
city attorney, Bill Bates. Bates said he and EMC's Todd Thomas
discussed it further and agreed to a simpler plan.
The city will now pay EMC $1,101,737
rather than $1,138,837 per year. This figure removes the $37,100
incentive that EMC offered to avoid escalating electrical costs per
year. The city will assume the risks of escalating utility costs.
The modified agreement still allows for a $243,900 utility threshold
through EMC. The city will pay EMC 25 percent on utility amounts
under the target threshold.
The agreement will be signed pending
clarification that the city is not responsible for increased diesel
With more generators needed at the
expanded wastewater treatment plant, it is recognized that there
will be added diesel fuel costs.
EMC will compensate the city for
payments received under the old contract year that began in
December. Likewise, the city will begin monthly payments to EMC
retroactive Dec. 1, 2003, as soon as costs are compiled and they are
billed under the new agreement.
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Upgrades and improvement at the
intersection of Fifth Street and Lincoln Parkway (Route 66 and
Business 55) were approved at $11,164. Work that will begin in the
spring includes an added turn lane and video signal light.
traffic flow matter, $4,899.74 has been allocated to perform a study
at the Goody's entrance. The study is required
by the state to determine the need for a traffic signal. The pursuit
of a signal at the Goody's parking lot entry on Route 10, Woodlawn
Road, was part of the partnership agreement between the city and the