Officials look to stay on top of Geneva infrastructure

Authored by Jim Langham on Dec 27, 2013

Over the past year, Geneva Clerk/Treasurer Bill Warren has born the planning, financial strategies and sometimes criticism in the midst of such infrastructure projects as the lift station on the north end of Rainbow Lake and iron filter replacement for the town.
This next year, Geneva residents are going to see a slight utility rate upgrade early in the year in order to help finance water main replacements that are seriously needed.
Warren said that average users (3,300 gallons of water a month) will see a monthly rate increase of two dollars.
“I want to see some water main replacements in 2014,” said Warren. “We will need to borrow some money; now is a good time to borrow because interest rates are still low.
“We want to replace some water mains to try to stay ahead of the curve,” continued Warren.
Another concern is taking steps to meet compliance of phosphate levels at the wastewater treatment plant. Warren said that the town still has two and a half years to meet required standards.
“We are already investigating ways to lower the phosphate level,” said Warren. “We are looking at ways to do this with a significant cost cut. This will help us to stay within the boundaries of the next permit when we get it.”
This past year, major work was done to improve things at the Rainbow Lake lift station.
“We put in six inch mains to replace four inch mains,” said Warren. “Those mains can actually handle twice as much water. We believe this will handle the problem some people were having of water coming up in their basements.”
Warren said that repairs were also made to several manholes in the area.
“The biggest thing people in town saw was the replacement of an iron filter which took that service out of shape for a while,” Warren said. “The one we had was in pretty bad shape.”
Warren said he knows that town residents were inconvenienced for a long time without the filter. However, Warren said, town officials had to follow strict state guidelines which often went slower than he would have liked.
“It took longer than I would have liked to, but we had to make sure all of the details were correct,” said Warren. “We currently have non-measurable amounts of iron.”
Warren said that one of his goals is to continue to spend more time on streets and roads.
“We want to make sure that stuff gets done the right way,” observed Warren. “I’d like to spend a little more on streets, as money allows, in order to make them last a little longer.”

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