DALLAS -- Looking to flush away rising costs at the city's wastewater treatment facility, the Dallas City Council has agreed to request proposals from private sources to take over the operations and maintenance of that facility.
The council action is geared to looking at options it may have, rather than entering into a contract at this time.
OMI division of CH2M Hill has been providing management services at the facility since December 2006. Initially that firm indicated it could provide operation and maintenance for less than the city has budgeted.
Several major failures at the facility in the past several years have resulted in a significant increase in the operating budget, according to Fred Braun, city public works director.
An audit of the operation by OMI/CH2M Hill indicates that maintenance and operations weren't handled properly and efficiently.
It was noted that some 18 Oregon cities or agencies are handling similar operations on a contractual basis such as envisioned in Dallas.
The city's investment in its wastewater treatment plant at the junction of Bowersville and Orrs Corner roads is more than $15 million.