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Tom Rubillo
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« on: May 22, 2019, 06:26:29 PM »

Drive down Front Street and, if you look for it, you'll notice gray sand and small cinders on the street adjacent to the steel mill.   Its origin is the slag heap adjacent to mill furnaces that is cooled by water pumped over it.  That sand and those small pebbles must be swept up regularly.  If not, storm water will wash it into the new drainage system.  Over time this combination of particulate matter -- sand and cinders -- and water will damage the pumps that move storm water up hill from Dozier to Wood Street before flowing down by Wood gravity into the Sampit. (The new drainage system was designed to remove potential flood waters in that way.)  That which is not dissolved and pumped away will pile up in the pipes, clogging them.

The mill promised to be a good neighbor.  It would be nice if it assumed responsibility for keeping the streets surrounding the mill clear of the sand and cinders that are the result of its operations.  If it doesn't, the city needs to step in and make sure the streets and curbs and drains remain clear.  There will be a cost associated with that either way.  The question is whose ox will get gored in the process, the taxpayers or the mill?  But make no mistake.  Ignoring the problem will not save anyone anything.  Sooner or later looking the other way will result in a breakdown of the system and the need to pay to clean out the underground pipes and replacing burned out pumps.  Expensive either way.

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concernedperson
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2019, 09:39:55 AM »

Orders are not where the new owners thought they would be by now. The manager has already been replaced. I predict the small problem will take care of itself soon. The mill will close again......soon.
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Tom Rubillo
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2019, 12:45:12 PM »

The problem remains as long as the mill is in operation and no one cleans up after it.  Cinders and sand continue to accumulate and wash into the new drainage system.  Some of it blocks pipes.  The smaller, sand-like particles turn the storm water into a slurry or sludge and makes the pumps work harder, burning those expensive pieces of infrastructure hardware out prematurely.  That's an unnecessary and avoidable expense and burden on both the infrastructure and the taxpayers.  It is easily avoided by simply sweeping up the cinders and sand that finds its way onto the street near the drainage system inlets before that debris gets into the system.  Simple enough.  Whether the steel mill takes care of the problem like an otherwise slovenly teenagers are tasked by responsible parents to clean up after themselves or the city acts like a timid and an overly indulgent parent and cleans up the mess itself, the task needs to be done.  I understand that this sounds like a small problem.  But it was exactly this same problem that led to the clogging of the old drainage canal through the steel mill and the burning out of the pumps at the old outflow into the Sampit that created the massive flooding that ultimately led to the construction of the new, multi-million dollar system now in use (and, as "collateral damage" during the interim period,  the collapse of a privately owned building at the corner of Prince and Fraser,the undermining of buildings that housed businesses across the street, damage to the fire station, damage to the Bank of America building that caused the bank to move, the abandonment of the otherwise quite adequate city hall and its demolition and full employment for attorneys). Or doesn't anybody remember?  How about it folks.  How about learning from past experience.  Yeah, I know it all seems like a small problem and sounds like some grouchy old man is just griping, but it is your community, your city government and your tax dollars.                       
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IWCCTTT
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 05:43:45 PM »

Did anyone else see the facebook posts by Rod Stalvey about sewage being pumped into the Sampit from the city sewer facility? The steel mill is stopping up the drainage system and the waste treatment facility is floating terds in the river. Georgetown is a great place to call home!
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