Hudson -- The focus of many projects since the flood of 2003 when two men drowned in an underground garage have centered on water, sanitary sewers and storm water in the city, but it could focus on individuals who don't correct inflow and infiltration problems.
"Ten years ago, we [Council] tried to explain the floods and our plan," said Council member Hal DeSaussure. "It was a painful exercise."
Hudson has treated storm water seriously, DeSaussure said. Council put a plan in place and carried it out.
Frank Comeriato, director of the Public Works Department, told Council Sept. 10 that today "the city is faring well with heavy rains. Our efforts have paid off."
In the past residents have been asked to make corrections to inflow and infiltration violations such as connecting storm water drains into the sanitary sewer system, but Council members will look at a way to enforce the corrections.
Comeriato said the water utility rates are average but the sewer rates remain on the high side for Hudson customers. Part of the problem is clean storm water entering the sanitary sewer system.
"Residents ask, 'what if I don't do this?'" Comeriato told Council members. "Some fix it, and some don't."
Council members agreed something is needed to enforce compliance.
"It's time for I & I enforcement," said Council member Dan Williams. "There is no question it costs us [city] a significant amount of money to treat clean water."
Council member William Wooldredge wanted more information on how much the department has spent to fix the storm water/wastewater problem so far.
Comeriato suggested waiting until October when the sanitary sewer model will be completed to discuss the issues, costs and a reasonable enforcement.
"With the model, we'll know the results of certain projects," said City Manager Anthony Bales.
The model will guide us for the next 10 years, Bales said.
Long-term plans include maintenance at the highest level for system effectiveness and efficiency; use of technologies like mapping to analyze operations; and determine upgrades and additions for potential growth.
The city is looking at collaboration efforts, both internally with other departments like engineering and externally by joint purchases of equipment with other communities, Comeriato said.
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