During a meeting of the Loyall City Council on Monday, Mark Duff, sewer and street department supervisor, reported there has been a problem at the lift station on Black Bottom Road.
“The run/start capacitors have blown leaving us with only one pump running in the station,” said Duff. “The pump was checked and is in good shape. We’re in the process of ordering replacement parts and hope to have it back running in a few weeks.”
Council member Trenna Cornett asked Duff how this problem will affect the people living in the Black Bottom area.
“It will not affect them as far as backups and clogs, and things like that,” said Duff. “All this means is with only one pump running the level in the wet well will get higher before the pump kicks on - unless that pump goes out and then we have a problem. That’s a whole other issue.”
Council member Kenny Colinger asked Duff what the time frame is on getting this problem solved.
“Hopefully, we can get what we need the week we find them,” said Duff. “We’ll get them put in the same week we get them. We just have to find someone to put them in.”
Colinger commented that the lift station in the Black Bottom area was “relatively new.”
“We put new capacitors in approximately five years ago,” said Duff. “I think the last time we had a problem over there lightning had struck the station and caused the capacitors to blow. This time when we pulled the pump there was nothing in it as far as clogging or something like that. It could have been something got in a bind and caused it to blow.”
Mayor Clarence Longworth said the Black Bottom lift station is small. He added there is another one on Cedar Street and the main big one is at the end of Mapother Street.
Duff told council members the parts will cost approximately $500.
In his street department report, Duff reported five trips were taken to the transfer station for a total of 3.01 tons at a cost of $145.06. He said several loads of brush were also hauled off last month.
“Work on the drain in Black Bottom is now finished,” said Duff. “The county did that work.”
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