The Cherokee City Council last week authorized Steve Casey, the supervisor of the city's wastewater department, to proceed with the engineering on disinfection systems at both wastewater treatment plants operated by the city, the one for the city itself and the industrial plant that handles wastewater from Tyson Foods.
The disinfection process is being mandated by the DNR. Fox Engineering out of Ames will be used for the engineering work.
Casey estimated that it will take six to eight weeks before the plans are ready and reliable cost estimates are available.
The city also authorized a study on the design and cost of expanding one of the wastewater treatment plants to handle additional waste material from a potential industrial operation, presumably a meat processing operation.
Casey said the possibility of needing more waste handling capacity was raised some time back and the city had no answer at that time on what would need to be done and the cost for such a project.
Casey said that some of the engineering required for that study would be done through the study done for the disinfection project, therefore, there could be a cost savings by combining the two studies.