Oregon council to consider waterline improvement for Clean Energy

Kelly J. Kaczala

        Oregon City Council on Monday will consider additional engineering services from ARCADIS U.S. Inc., Toledo for the York Street Trunk Waterline Improvement Project.
        “ARCADIS is requesting a contract increase of $19,000,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman at a committee of the whole meeting on Feb. 17.
        Council will also consider entering into an agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for the construction of a 24-inch trunk waterline across property owned by the railroad for the York Street Trunk Waterline Improvement Project.
        Both items are part of Clean Energy Future-Oregon, LLC (CEF-O), which is developing a 955-Megawatt capacity combined cycle power generation facility within the city’s municipal boundaries. It will require a supply of potable water from the nearby Toledo municipal water treatment plant.
        CEF-O has entered into a potable water purchase agreement with Toledo and Oregon that will require new water infrastructure to be installed to deliver up to six million gallons per day to the project from Toledo’s water plant.
        Oregon hired ARCADIS U.S., Inc., for the preliminary and detailed design of the York Street Trunk Waterline Improvement Project.
        In order to serve the Clean Energy Future-Oregon, LLC Project, the city will construct a 24-inch waterline within a 42-inch steel casing pipe across a portion of property owned by Norfolk Southern Railway Company, which is located along York Street just west of Lallendorf Road.
        In order to construct the 24-inch waterline, an agreement is needed between Oregon and the Norfolk Southern Railway Company.
        Design and bidding services were authorized in May, 2019. The project was closely coordinated with the city of Oregon, Toledo, utility companies, and CEF-O. Design was completed and Ohio EPA approved the plans in late January 2019.
        The cost to construct the 24-inch raw water pipeline across property owned by the railroad is $46,000. The cost of the work was approved in the 2020 municipal budget.
Start up operation
        The $900 million natural gas-fired electric power plant will be located on N. Lallendorf Road. It will be the second natural gas-fired electric power plant in the city.  The first, Oregon Clean Energy, is located on a 30-acre parcel on N. Lallendorf Road. Startup operations of the $900 million facility is expected this year.
        Similar to Oregon Clean Energy, the plant will have a cooling tower that would require about 3.5 million gallons of untreated water daily from Lake Erie and would dissipate about 85 percent of that into the atmosphere during the cooling process. The rest would be piped to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
Also, council will consider the following items on Monday:
        •An ordinance to purchase a 2020 Ford F-250 4 x 4 pickup truck with snow plow, for $37,226.56 from Mathews Ford, Oregon, to be used in the fire/rescue department. It would replace the fire department’s 2007 GMC Sierra pickup and 2005 Ford Explorer. The vehicle will be used for towing multiple trailers, including the HazMat trailer, the air trailer, both boats in the fire department, the lawn trailer and other equipment. It will also be used for snow removal at all three stations. “We think it’s a good value with a local vendor,” said City Administrator Mike Beazley;
        •A resolution declaring it necessary to improve North Norden Road from about 300 feet north of Seaman Road to approximately 2,050 feet north of Seaman Road by the installation of a sanitary sewer. The improvement has been petitioned by the owners of 59.59 percent of the lots and lands to be assessed for the project;
        •The purchase from Mathews Ford, Oregon, of a 2020 Ford F-150 4x4 Truck to be used by the wastewater treatment plant in the department of public service for $30,910.28. Mathews provided a quote that was $308.72 lower than the Ohio STS Program for the truck, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman. The wastewater treatment plant will use the truck for general support, maintenance, and operation. City council appropriated the necessary funds required to purchase the truck in the 2020 municipal budget.
        Also at the committee of the whole meeting, Beazley provided an update on the development of the town center.
        “The city has prepared requests for proposals for engineering for moving south of Harbor Drive. It’s something we’ve been working on for a while. We’re excited about taking those steps. So we’re starting to see some things develop,” said Beazley.


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