CITY WATER SYSTEM PLAN UNVEILED
March 27, 2001 11:00 pm

Brookings City Engineer Richard Nored on Monday presented the city council with the first complete analysis of the citys water system since 1976.

The Brookings Water System Master Plan and Conservation Plan also included the first comprehensive layout of water service boundaries, Nored said.

He added the service level boundaries are important to assure adequate water pressure to all residents of Brookings.

The plan projects possible growth and costs involved in upgrading the system to keep up with the growth.

According to the study, there are currently 6,354 people on the water system. In the year 2025, projections are that 13,725 people will be tapping into the system for a growth rate of 3 percent annually.

The current maximum day demand on the system is 2.6 million gallons a day, Nored said. In 2025, the demand is projected to be 5.8 million gallons a day.

Nored said the supply is critical because in the summer of 1999, the water plant operated at capacity 24 hours a day and it still could not keep up with the demand. The city was forced to implement water usage restrictions, he said.

Nored discussed water sources, current capacities and the need for upgrading the system.

Possible upgrade ideas include replacing 4,900 feet of 12-inch water line with 16-inch lines. This upgrade is estimated to last between 2005 and 2010. The probable cost for this upgrade is $530,000.

Nored said this is not something that needs to be accomplished immediately, but the estimated time until it is needed is one to four years.

A second expansion is the installation of an in-line booster pump that is estimated to last between 2005 and 2007. The probable cost of this expansion is $120,000, Nored said.

He added that this is something that would need to be done right away.

Nored also discussed the need for the council to decide on a level of treatment for the various sources of water.

He said that in 1989, Oregon Health declared water from the Ranney Well on the Chetco River as groundwater. The concern is that water from the well starts out as surface water, he said.

If Ferry Creek becomes a source of water, separate treatment will need to be provided because the creek is much more difficult to treat, he said.

Water filtration costs are estimated at $100,000 to $2.1 million depending on the type of upgrade, Nored said.

He also discussed the need for water storage. Current levels are at 50 percent of a maximum per day plus fire protection. Expanding water storage has a probable cost of $3,285,000.

The total costs for all improvements in the plan are estimated at $6,279,000 to $8, 279,000.

Mayor Hagbom said it is important to remember that the city is not going to spend $8 million today.

Weve got to get some information on what Harbor plans on doing, said Hagbom. Its going to affect the plans were talking about now.

The council is planning work sessions to discuss the expansions and costs.

In other business, the council approved the re-appointment of Victoria Nuss and Richard Gyuro to planning commission seats No. 4 and 6. Their terms begin April 1, and end April 1, 2005.

All positions on the commission are unpaid, volunteer positions.

Charles Stanton also applied for a position on the planning commission.

Hagbom thanked Stanton for his application and said Stantons offer to volunteer in the community was appreciated.

We need all the volunteers we can get. Well find a niche for you in the near future, Hagbom said to Stanton.

Les Cohen, chamber of commerce executive director, reported that the Driftwood Festival attracted more than 1,000 people. He said the festival will be called the Beachcombers Festival next year. He said chamber archives indicate that Beachcombers was the name of the original festival.

Cohen said people are pleased with the whale lights in town and he would like to extend the time they are out through the Azalea Festival in May. He spoke with the manufacturer of the whales and said they may be purchased and used in the annual Natures Coastal Holiday light show.

Cohen mentioned that the dedication of the heritage tree will be Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens followed by a hike to the bomb site and the tree.

The council then voted to accept the chamber of commerce proposal to provide promotional services for the city. The chamber proposal was the only one received. Staff was directed to prepare a contract for presentation at the April 23 council meeting.

City Manager LeRoy Blodgett reported that he received the Oregon Department of Transportation speed study. The study indicates that the department will reduce the speed limit to 35 mph from Ransom Street to the rest area.

Blodgett said he is unsure of when the change will occur.

A report on the city web site was presented. The site is located at http://www.brookingsor.org and it scheduled to be active March 31.

The site will contain links to biographies on the council members, meeting minutes, departments, weather and other information, Blodgett said.

He said the site cost the city about $3,000, which included training for three staff members to update it.

Blodgett also reported that the city received a $50,000 grant from the Regional Investment Board. The city will contribute $20,000 and the money will go toward the Downtown Master Plan, Blodgett said.

The next city council meeting will be Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at council chambers in city hall.