Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We learned today via the IPT, Mayor Nancolas is in decision paralysis over what to do with phosphate in sewer water discharges to Indian Creek. "Its got us really really concerned" was Mayor Nancolas' comment on the article in the Press Tribune today. Meanwhile Mayor Dale has rallied his minions to study the matter for the looming sewer plant upgrades that could cost Nampa home and property owners $200 MM to correct.
The problem is too much phosphate in the discharge effluent (fancy word the tech types like to use) pumped into Indian Creek by both cities after the water has gone through all the various cycles of waste treatment at the sewage plants. Phosphate is not a new problem as THE GUARDIAN wrote about this several years ago after a discussion with a Caldwell city official over what to do with 160 acres next to Purple Sage Golf Course. The official wanted to sell the property at the height of the housing boom but the deal caved in when the housing market imploded. It was suggested the property may be needed to land treat 6MM gallons of sewage with the phosphate problem revealed in the IPT today.
Meanwhile, we would like to suggest to Mayor Nancolas he reconsider widening Hwy. 20/26 at a cost of $3 million to Caldwell taxpayers and pretty much a gift to developers along that patch of pavement between Smeed Parkway and the Flying J Plaza. It is clear the compliance date is 2018, a mere six years down the road. What is the plan for Caldwell to pay for this compliance mandate. Hope and ignoring the problem are not solutions. Most would also agree the doubling of sewer fees in Caldwell is not a reasonable answer either.
If they don't dump the sewage into Indian Creek that leaves land treatment and the golf course site or some other parcel and the sewage goes on the land to gain compliance. We think Mayor Nancolas should reconsider the $3MM giveaway on Hwy. 20/26 and come up with a compliance plan for the sewage problem compliance date of 2018. Caldwell City officials have known about this problem for several years and citizens need to know the plan for compliance.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 5:31 PM