February 5, 2013

Chickasha looks at future of wastewater plant for next year

The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — The City of Chickasha is looking to accomplish a lengthy list of projects by the end of the summer and one of the most expensive projects involves the Wastewater Plant.

City Manager Stewart Fairburn explained to replace the Wastewater Plant, it would cost the city around $17 million.

"The structure is fine," Fairburn said. "The treatment center itself should last another 10 years."

According to Fairburn, it takes around 18 months for developers to examine the building and draw out construction plans.

"We have options with that 10 years," Fairburn said.

Although the replacement of the Wastewater Plant will probably not happen within this decade, a very expensive update will need to come a little bit sooner.

"The clear wells need to be replaced," Fairburn said. "That has been estimated around $5 million."

News that the plant may have another 10 years left in it is great, Mayor Hank Ross said, but the city needs to be on its toes and start planning.

"We're lucky we have time," Ross said. "But we need to start preparing."

Another large set of projects the city is currently working on involves the Parks and Recreation department.

At Shannon Springs Park the road bridge will undergo some construction, along with a bathhouse update. The city is planning on removing the east side bathrooms, fixing any problems at the swimming pool and updating the playground.

At the Depot Area, there will be updates at the Mill building. The Farmers Market will also get a new roof. The city is currently seeking solicits.

Washita Park will see a new recreation center and a playground update is wrapping up.

At the Centennial Park design are being worked on, while security cameras are looking to be purchased and installed.

The 12th and Alabama Park playground is also under construction.

"Things are busy," Fairburn said. "But we're trying to get it done by June."