Magazine features how SC public works director funded projects

Several months ago Shady Cove Public Works Director, George Bostic, was contacted by a national magazine about the funding for upgrades to the Shady Cove Wastewater Treatment Plant. After an interview, Bostic surprisingly found himself on the June 2008 cover of "Public Works." The article told how Bostic had gotten advice from his many contacts on how to finance the $6 million project that was completed in 2006.
 

Bostic, who has been in public works for 30 plus years and full-time in
Shady Cove since March 1993, said upgrades to the treatment plant were
over a 10-to-12 year period. The upgrades were paid for with a
$2,346,000 loan, a $997,000 (rounded figure) loan from Department of
Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) State Revolving Fund, a $960,000
loan/grant combination from Oregon Economic Community Development
Department (OECDD), a $750,000 block grant from OECDD and a $1 million
grant from USDA.
   
The upgrades included bar screening for
rough material such as bottles and rags; a new 50 ft. diameter
clarifier that separates liquid from solids; a tertiary filter system;
an influent pump station; a return activated sludge pump; a waste
activated sludge pump; a set-up for dechlorination; and an expanded
office and laboratory.
   
The system is now good for about 20 years or until the population reaches a little over 4,000, said Bostic.
   
As
well as discussing the magazine article and the treatment plant, Bostic
also agreed to talk about concerns and rumors floating around Shady
Cove.
   
For several months there has been talk of raw sewage
leaking into the river from a clean-out pipe at the south end of the
Shady Cove Bridge. Bostic said there has never been an accidental
overflow of raw sewage into the river, within city limits, in the last
15 years. He did say there had been some incidents outside city limits
but not for several years. Paul Kennedy, Natural Resource Specialist
with DEQ, would only confirm there has been no raw sewage leaked into
the river in the last five years. Kennedy was the inspector of the
incident by the bridge.
   
Residents recall that during the
1997 flood there was sewage overflow in the city. According to Bostic,
at that time the sewage did not get into the river. Back in January and
February 1996, however, public works did dump raw sewage into the river
with permission from DEQ.
   
During storms and from clogged
sewer lines, there is still occasional overflow from utility holes
(inflow and infiltration). The upgraded treatment plant, three replaced
pump stations and over 100 utility hole rehabilitations have helped to
keep these issues down. With alarms on all pump stations and the fairly
new "Vactruck," Bostic said public works now has the ability to resolve
these problems quickly.
   
There has also been a report of wild
geese swimming in the river, within city limits, surrounded by toilet
paper. Bostic reiterated there has been no raw sewage discharged into
the river. There is one area where water collects in an eddy. It is
possible the debris was from rafters, boaters and fishermen, he said.
Attempts to obtain photos of the geese (by this reporter) were
unsuccessful.
   
Heather Tugaw of DEQ said that both debris
and bacteria get into the river from people lacking sanitary facilities
while fishing and rafting. Bacteria is also from wildlife, livestock
and domestic animals. Although there is bacteria in the river, she
said, there is no problem with rafting and fishing.
   
Addressing
these concerns, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Dan
Vandyke said he is not aware of anything that would prohibit eating
local fish caught in the river. This was confirmed by Kenneth Kauffman,
Environmental Health Specialist from the Department of Human Services
(Portland).
   
Returning to the original reason for this
story, Bostic said the magazine article was a great boost for Shady
Cove. Many people he had worked with over the years called to offer
congratulations on the article and the successful upgrades to the
treatment plant. Addressing just one more rumor, the 61-year-old Bostic
said he has no immediate plans for retirement. He added humorously, "As
long as people flush, I have a job." The magazine article may be
accessed at (http://www.pwmag.com/).
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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