The Village of Palestine is laying the groundwork for some major sewer projects in the coming months.
The village is pursuing grants that will enable it to make improvements at the lagoon and also to map and inspect the miles of sewer lines beneath the ground.
Colin Dunn, an engineer from HLR Civil Engineering, brought the village board up to date Thursday night on the progress of the grant applications what will fund the projects. Dunn said that for the applications to move forward two reports must be completed, an engineering report and an environmental report.
Dunn said both reports were nearing completion, but were being held up in processing by the partial government shutdown.
He also said an initial inspection of the system showed it to be in pretty good shape.
"You have a very well run, smooth operating system," Dunn said.
The aims of the upcoming project would be to improve the overall operation of the lagoon.
One goal is to add an aeration system to the lagoon to prevent the growth of algae which in turn would prevent unpleasant odor. The project would also add rip rap around the edge of the lagoon which would inhibit the introduction of more biological influences to the water which also contributes to the growth of algae.
Another aspect of the project would be an inspection of the lines using robots. The robots would not only give inspectors a glimpse inside the lines to determine their condition and any work which should be done, but would also perform some cleaning operations to help prevent problems from occurring.
Also, a GPS map of the entire system would be created using a Graphic Information System. GIS would not only map the location of system assets, but would allow detailed notes about the condition, function and maintenance records for all the valves and lift stations.
"As employees retire or leave the department of public works, they take a wealth of information with them," Dunn said. GIS can store and track all the information particular to those locations and can be easily updated as maintenance and repairs are undertaken."
Dunn said he would continue to update the trustees about the progress of the grant applications, but that now it's mainly up the federal government to resume operations.