Chiefland hears sewer solutions

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Chiefland City Engineer Lee Mills laid out the scene for potential improvements to a couple of possible sewer system issues Oct. 22 when three city commissioners showed up for a workshop.

City Commissioner Frank Buie was in the Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville. City Commissioner J. Rollin Hudson Jr. did not attend the workshop either, although Hudson did make it to the regular meeting.

Two pump stations, one located near Scoggins Chevrolet and one located near McDonald's are critical points in the sewer system now. These lift stations have exceeded capacity on four and five occasions in the past six months, Mills said.

A two-phase tentative proposal by Mills would add a new pump station just south of the recently built Levy County Emergency Medical Service unit near the Post Office. That would cost about $100,000, he estimated. In Phase II, Mills said he would replace a stretch of 6-inch force mains pipes with 10-inch pipes and this would cost about $250,000, he roughly estimated.

Mills said these proposals are not necessarily the only or the best solution. This is just what he sees as improving the most critical needs now.

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