Crime and water treatment were top agenda items at the Feb. 24 East Carbon City Council meeting.
The quarterly law enforcement report showed notable trends in the city's crime, while water project discussions had the council moving at top speed to get culinary treatment ready for spring demand.
"We are currently only running on one treatment tank," said Terry Harrison, the councilmember charged with caring for the treatment facility. "That way we can use the second tank when back-flushing of the primary tank is needed."
The East Carbon systems supplies water to its host city as well as Sunnyside and the Columbia subdivision.
While one unit is sufficient for the time being, spring water demand will dictate that the cities get at least three units ready for peak water usage in the summer, according to the officials.
Harrison reported via telephone on Wednesday that a complete overhaul has begun on units three and four at the plant on Feb. 25 as remaining snow is removed and East Carbon's camel truck will begin siphoning media from the tanks.
"These Trident 210 A units can produce 300 gallons per minute of EPA standard culinary water," explained the East Carbon councilmember. "However, if we can't finish this project by the time demand increases we are going to fall short on supply."
The city had Siemens engineers examine the units earlier in the winter. The engineers indicated that not only had unit three failed, but its sister unit four had most likely done the same.
"They weren't 100 percent positive that unit four had completely failed but we are going to operate as if it has, we know the media is damaged so we are going to replace the whole unit," stated Harrison. "That way we have all four units functioning at full capacity and our citizens will be taken care of."
The process is extensive and will cost the east county towns "53,075 for parts, labor and oversight to complete the project.
The cost will be split by East Carbon and Sunnyside per the cities' current interlocal agreement, said the councilmember.
More than six tons of media will be taken from each unit, explained Harrison. At that point, the eight filters will be removed.
Next, individuals working for East Carbon, Sunnyside and an independent contractor will clean the tank down to the epoxy. The workers will re-primer and re-epoxy the unit as needed.
Finally, Siemens engineers will be called back to the facility to inspect the installation of the new filters and seals before overseeing the installation of the new media.
"Installing the media will be a two day job," commented Harrison. "The specialist has informed us that only a certain amount can be added to the tank before it is back-flushed in order to protect the unit."
Additionally at the council meeting, East Carbon Police Chief Sam Leonard provided officials and city personnel with a detailed list of all crime in the local area.
The table showed that, after responding to 1009 reported events, East Carbon officers dealt with 998 actual events and made 79 arrests in the two city area.
Following the crime data report, Leonard addressed issues that had been brought to the police department's attention by local citizens.
There has been repeated complaints by some Sunnyside citizens that they were not getting adequate patrol time, noted the police chief. However, Leonard assured everyone in attendance at the meeting that Sunnyside was patrolled as much as East Carbon and more than the Columbia subdivision in some cases.
"Our force is split between the two cities," said Leonard. "We have two officers living in East Carbon and two living in Sunnyside and both cities are adequately patrolled."
Leonard also cautioned citizens to lock their doors as crime statistics have risen in the county if not necessarily in East Carbon.