SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

COUNCIL CHAMBERS Ė CITY HALL

1000 CITY CENTER CIRCLE

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

 

THE SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING of the City of Port Orange was called to order by Mayor Allen Green at 5:30 p.m.

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Silent Invocation

 

Roll Call:††††††††††††††††††† Present:†††††††††††††††††††† Councilman Bob Ford

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councilman Drew Bastian

Councilman Dennis Kennedy

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Vice Mayor Donald Burnette

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mayor Allen Green

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Also Present:††††††††††† Gregory A. Kisela, City Manager

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Margaret T. Roberts, City Attorney

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Robin Fenwick, City Clerk

 

DISCUSSION ITEM

 

4.    PEER Review of Wastewater Treatment and Reuse System Report

a.    PowerPoint presentation

 

Jason Yarborough, Public Utilities Director, introduced Albert Muniz.

 

Albert Muniz, Hazen & Sawyer, provided details of their PEER Review of the Cityís wastewater treatment system, reuse system, and regulations. He discussed some of the FDEP standards that need to be met by the system, as well as goals for the reuse system. The system has a total of 9 million gallons of storage capacity. WWTP Process flow was discussed.

 

Mr. Kisela asked Mr. Muniz to explain why the concentrations of nitrogen and phosphorous are not good and why treatment standards are different for discharge into the wetlands vs. the Halifax River. Mr. Muniz explained that certain nutrients are more harmful to wetlands because they are absorbed into the wetlands rather than the nutrients moving in the river that do not get absorbed.

 

Bert Vidal, Hazen & Sawyer, said limits for Halifax discharge are the same. Nutrients are becoming larger issues and are being more regulated. Recommendations will include these changes in the regulations.

 

Mr. Muniz discussed their recommendations for running the system more efficiently. The system is very antiquated, and needs to be updated.

 

Mayor Green asked if the sock system was reviewed. The sock system was supposed to allow discharge into the wetlands. Mr. Muniz said the filtration system wasnít intended to achieve water quality goals, those are fairly new. Mr. Kisela said once the water is stored in the lakes it degrades. Drawing water back from the lakes requires more treatment. †

 

Councilman Ford asked what the implications are for restricting the use. Mr. Muniz provided an example for restricting the use to customers.

 

Vice Mayor Burnette asked how St. Johns Water restrictions apply to irrigation. Mr. Kisela said they come into play when there is a drought. Vice Mayor Burnette suggested staggered times/days for residents to ensure they are home to use the system. He asked if Staff has evaluated the recommendations. Mr. Kisela said Staff participated in the whole process and they have started reviewing the recommendations to compare pricing.

 

Councilman Bastian asked how the restrictions will work with residentís watering their yards. Ms. Muniz said there are numerous ways to manage the schedule of flow. Mr. Kisela said the large users and commercial sites can store on site so their schedule could be different than residentís.

 

Councilman Kennedy asked how much of the golf course water comes from their lake. Mr. Kisela said Cypress Head uses the reclaimed system through their lakes. Councilman Kennedy suggested considering reducing the rate for the golf courses if they store on site.

 

Mr. Vidal recommended automating the system to address the issue and quantify how much reuse water can be delivered to customers.

 

Bob Thor, Engineer, believes using drinking water for lawns is environmentally immoral. He suggested looking at a grand plan for the future to capture the water and have it ready for human consumption.

 

Councilman Ford asked if thereís any way to get water out of the lakes. Mr. Muniz said the lakes are there for when there is excess water during the wet season. The lakes need to stay as low as possible during wet weather so there is no discharge.

 

Mr. Kisela will bring back recommendations within three to four months. ††

 

ADJOURNMENT: 6:24 p.m.

 

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mayor Allen Green

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Robin Fenwick, CMC

City Clerk