Positive Signs in New Sewer System for Woodland Park

NORFOLK - Positive – that’s the word Norfolk City Administrator Shane Weidner used several times in his report on resolution of the Woodland Park wastewater disposal issue.  Weidner gave his quarterly report on the situation to the Mayor and City Council Monday night. He says the S-I-D board has submitted a facility master plan to the Department of Environmental Quality.  A dispute between the city of Norfolk and the Woodland Park S-I-D over the wastewater flow rate resulted in notice from the city that, as of June 1st, 2016, the city of Norfolk would no longer process Woodland Park’s wastewater.  The contract between the city and Woodland Park calls for a peak flow rate of 500 gallons per minute, but Public Works Director Dennis Smith says during rainstorms, the sewage from Woodland Park has sometimes amounted to more than 878 gallons per minute, exceeding the capacity of a nearby city-owned lift station.  Woodland Park requested further discussions, and Norfolk officials responded that they would not revisit the issue until the S-I-D had a facilities plan approved by N-D-E-Q.  Public Works Director Dennis Smith says the lift station on the east side of Norfolk is being evaluated to see if it meets the future needs of industrial users in the area. He expects to have a draft report on that issue prepared by the end of February.