After 17 years, the sewage standards in Bainbridge need to be upgraded reported Sewer and Water Superintendent Jim Nelson told Bainbridge Town Council members Richard Cope, Naomi Barker and Bonnie Osborn Wednesday night.
Some additional steps in the cleaning process will have to take place and a couple of tanks and other equipment will have to be installed over the next three years.
"After 17 years, the state changed the limits. They told us we had to make the changes but didn't tell us how we could pay for it," said Nelson.
The state's new requirements mean adding a disinfectant to the sewage before it flows into the creek and cleaning the disinfectant they use. Cost of the project could range anywhere from $150,000-$300,000.
Nelson suggested the council consider some other upgrades which they need and that they consider using grant monies to make the additions.
Under old business the council discussed possible ordinances for animal control. They decided to wait a little while to see if a county-wide ordinance is enacted.
"It'll be a lot better to have everyone in the county to be consistent. It's easier for the Humane Shelter and for law enforcement if everyone is following the same guidelines," commented Town Clerk Jason Hartman.
Council President Richard Cope agreed to wait a little while for a county ordinance but not too long.
The Council also discussed nuisance properties, particularly one located on Oak Street. The town attorney sent a letter outlining what the town would like to have done at the property. Very little has been done to the property to date, reported Hartman.
"Three limbs have been removed. It was about 15 minutes' worth of work," said Hartman.
The council agreed to have a second letter sent to the owners of the property with a timeline to complete the clean-up. If the deadline is missed the town can proceed legally in determining what to do with the property.
In other business Thursa Evens, BIZ, reported that movie night at the community center was a big success with over 100 people attending the event. Several people have requested another movie night soon.
Town Marshal Rodney Fenwick reported 48 traffic stops last month and two accidents with property damage were investigated.
The Bainbridge Town Council regularly meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Community Center.