BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to accept the quit claim deed and bill of sale, copies of which are on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document Nos. ___________ and ___________, respectively, from the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District conveying the district’s interest in the real property and the sanitary sewer force main located on the therein-described property, generally lying south of Superior Street between 47th Avenue East and 52nd Avenue East, subject to receipt of $730,167.47 from the district, payable to Fund 530, acceptance of which is herewith authorized.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the acceptance of the real estate upon which the city reconstructed the new sanitary sewer pumping station, undertaken as part of the construction of the city’s new sanitary sewage holding facility at 52nd Avenue East below Superior Street along with the property under the force main that connects that facility into the rest of the WLSSD system and to accept conveyance of the district’s interests in that pumping station and force main. It also accepts the district’s share of the cost of constructing those new facilities.
As part of the city’s proposal to the EPA to address the problem of sanitary sewer overflow into Lake Superior, we said we would build a sewage storage facility in Lakeside. We searched for multiple sites and found the lands adjacent to the WLSSD lift station at 52nd and Dodge as one of the best suited locations. WLSSD had previously planned to reconstruct their lift station at this location. As we evaluated design options it became obvious to both the city and WLSSD that it was economically more advantageous to build the lift station as part of the storage facility project as opposed to a separate pumping station for the storage facility, requiring additional pumps, telemetry, cleaning mechanisms. It also allowed us to maximize the space needed to construct the tank.
The city proposed to WLSSD that it design the lift station as part of the tank. The pumps would normally pump the ordinary sewage flows in the same manner as the old lift station did but, during periods of excessive flow, the excess would back up into the holding facility rather than overflow to a storm sewer. Then, during periods of low flow, the stored sewage would be pumped into the force main without exceeding its capacity.
Since WLSSD had already budgeted to reconstruct the lift station, they were willing to contribute the budgeted amount to the construction of the combined facility. But there was no plan to replace the forcemain. Because it was functioning acceptably and was integral to the operation of the lift station (no other flows except from this lift station enter this line), staff and the district agreed that it was appropriate for the city to take over this portion of the forcemain also.
Therefore, the district agreed to contribute $730,167.47 toward the construction of project under the condition that the city assume ownership and responsibility for the pumping station and for that portion of the force main. This resolution authorizes implementation that agreement.