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Hayden to issue revenue bonds

$18.5M will be used to improve wastewater treatment facility

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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:00 am

HAYDEN - The Hayden City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to raise up to $18.5 million to make improvements at the wastewater treatment facility used by city businesses and residents.

"We have looked at all the other options," Hayden City Administrator Stefan Chatwin said Wednesday. "We are looking for the very best and cheapest money we can find."

The treatment facility, operated by the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board, needs improvements to meet significantly higher permit standards in the near future for discharged water set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Water treated at the plant, located at 1079 N. Atlas Road in Hayden, is discharged into the Spokane River for a portion of the year and applied to land at a tree farm and alfalfa field during growing season.

Ken Windram, administrator of the treatment facility, said sewage with between 6,000 to 8,000 parts per billion of targeted phosphorus enters the plant.

Meeting all current permit requirements, treated water is discharged with about 4,000 parts per billion of phosphorus.

The future permit standard will be 50 parts per billion of phosphorus.

"What we are being asked to do is at the limits of technology," Windram said.

The cleaner treated water will be reusable in more ways. Windram said the treated water will be going from what he called "Class C" now to what is considered "Class A" after the facility improvements.

All the construction has to be completed in nine years, and the facility must show it can meet the new, higher permit standards the following year.

The $18.5 million is the city of Hayden's portion of the project cost. Kootenai County and the Hayden Lake Recreational Water and Sewer District also are owners of the facility.

The improvements will total about $30 million. The total cost will be more defined once improvement designs are completed.

Chatwin said the city is seeking a 1st District Court judge's approval of the bond issuance. The city believes the project is "ordinary and necessary," meaning it's required to avoid costly fines for noncompliance.

Fines can total up to a $1 million a month for noncompliance with the EPA permit standards, Windram said.

The revenue bonds would be paid back through user fees, not through property taxes, Chatwin said.

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  • Lakelvr posted at 4:39 pm on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Lakelvr Posts: 30

    Local Res:
    De-nitrification is a key component of wastewater treatment. First the process uses bacteria to change it into a less stable form of nitrogen compounds which are then broken apart, again by bacteria. Google it, it's a pretty basic, well known and used process.

    In order to irrigate with treated wastewater there is a permit process and strict guidelines involving what the levels of certain compounds can be, one of those being nitrogen compounds. Additionally, specific calculations are done to ensure that the amount being used to irrigate will be uptaken by the target vegetation, so run off or infiltration to the aquifer is not an issue.

  • Old Hayden posted at 11:15 am on Fri, Sep 28, 2012.

    Old Hayden Posts: 33

    How about Hayden city making sure all of the homes are on sewer that should already be on sewer? (I have a renter neighbor that dug a cess pool in his backyard instead of the new owner hooking to sewer.) The added revenue for these hookups plus sewer cap would help defray some of the costs.

  • local res posted at 9:10 pm on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    local res Posts: 1165

    They spray the discharge on alfalfa and trees? What a pipe dream, there have been times that they spayed the waste water on Wheat. Just how high has the nitrogen level increased downstream in the aquifer?

    Can some one please answer?

  • Jullee posted at 10:49 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    Jullee Posts: 566

    I agree with both HaydenJoe and JoeIdaho, so sad that Hayden could not see what a mess she was making. She cost the people a lot of money with her "ideas".
    The people of Hayden on sewer already pay double that res in CDA does for sewer.
    So sad as the community of Hayden is still one of the best (tons better than CDA) but she cost everyone.

  • JoeIdaho posted at 6:42 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    JoeIdaho Posts: 2841

    They take lessons from the Feds, and Haden Joe is 1,000% correct, Lsa Keys is BY FAR the worst thing tat EVER happened to Hayden. She turned it into little Cal, busness owners HATE the city of hayden, as they as a little gestapo group are miles out of control.
    Let's see.....if you own a property on government way or dakota or anywhere in hayden, and it's going to be used as an industial application, which they all have for DECADES, you can;t do that, because hayden's "plan" is to make this all the new "main street", which is IGNORANT because no businesses in the bobama age will even THINK about starting a new retail based business. So, you cant sell the land to someone who woud use it in it's original use, and you can't sell it to someonewhowants to "sart a taco busines" becasue they don't exist.
    The City of Hayden is a disaster, if you want FULL ON regulaion, idiotic government agencies that stick their face in your busness, constantly, hayden is the place.
    Lisa Keys again, has one more bd things for the businesses & people of hayden than any individual ever could have.

  • Hayden Joe posted at 5:14 am on Thu, Sep 27, 2012.

    Hayden Joe Posts: 189

    Yet another example of the, "Build it and they will come" mentality. The Hayden City Council, led by their collective noses by Lisa Key set this one up for failure big time when they greased the way for the over-development of the prairie.

    This is Phase II of their strategy.

    Figure out how to pay for it later.

    Comma, However..... I think the absence of Build, Build, Build Keys, a newer council and City Administrator have changed enough through turnover that we do have some pretty rational thinkers on-board now who will approach development a little more cautiously than the last bunch. The worst I've seen in decades.

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