WESTFIELD - The Westfield Village Board approved the sewer fund budget as well as purchases for pipe repair and a sludge hauling contracting extension in a special meeting Monday night.
The board met in the Eason Building to hear Andrew Thompson from the Wastewater Treatment Department and others discuss the expenditures.
The renewal of the sludge removal contract with Bestway Container Service was passed. Thompson said, "The contract expires next month. They agreed to do it at the same rate. They've been good to us and have done a good job."
Blair Supply Company was selected as the supplier for pipes needed to complete repairs on an extensive section of pipe. The area runs from Lake Avenue to Nichols Avenue. Thompson said Blair was the lowest bidder at $14,465. Thompson also noted, "There are a lot of willow trees there. Last year, we spent about $4,000 on digging out roots, but this year, we still couldn't get through them."
The board also discussed plastic liners and sludge pumps with Thompson, who said the liners came with a 50-year guarantee if they tear. He said a total of six liners were needed, and the plan was to install two per year. Thompson said they couldn't be installed faster because of the need for full capacity during grape season.
The wastewater treatment facility also has plans to install two new sludge pumps to replace older units.
The total sewer capital project expenditures totaled $187,250. The sewer fund budget was stated to be about $1.6 million with revenues at $1.5 million, leaving about $125,000 to be brought in through appropriations. The budget passed unanimously.