Kyle Wastewater Treatment Plant Suffers Significant Component Failure

Updated November 29, 2017 1:40 p.m.

Update on what’s happening at Kyle’s waste water treatment plant: city staff are encouraged by the efforts of the pumping system they installed yesterday. “What we hoped would happen is starting,” said Division Manager Treatment Operations Jason Biemer. “Our staff continue to monitor conditions in the immediate area and downstream of the plant.”

Update from City of Kyle November 28 11:25am:

Kyle Waste Water Treatment Plant Crews Making Progress

Kyle wastewater treatment plant staff will install a pump system at Plant 1 this afternoon that will mimic the function of the center well system following a mechanical failure Sunday.

“A crew is bringing in the pump from Houston,” Division Manager Jason Biemer said this morning. “Our goal is to have the pump up and running by this evening.”

Biemer also said a new replacement part for the center well was located and a contractor will verify its compatibility with our existing structure.

“We anticipate having the components replaced and plant operations fully restored over the course of about a month,” Biemer said.

Per the City of Kyle’s Website November 27, 2017 @ 5:15pm:

The center well bearing system at the Kyle Waste Water Treatment Plant 1 suffered a significant component failure on Sunday, Nov. 26. The bearing system is the main part of the clarification process at the facility, which houses two circular plants. Plant 2 is online and functioning properly.

From a process standpoint, clarification is what removes the solids from incoming wastewater using a series of motorized rakes; those rakes help move the wastewater to the next phase of the system.

Division Manager Jason Biemer said, “Treatment and disinfection of wastewater is still occurring, meaning the outflow of effluent is still treated as it enters Plum Creek. If the solids are not removed at the same rate as normal, that could lead to treatment issues in Plant 1 and cause a disruption in Plant 2. The effect would be a release of partially treated effluent.”

Kyle’s wastewater plant permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) limits the amount of solids in the effluent released to 15 parts per million.

The window for repairing Plant 1 is short — several days at most — to prevent overtaxing Plant 2 and causing partially treated effluent to enter the creek.

Biemer said he believes the first step in repairing the plant is installing temporary pumps to mimic the circulation process to keep the solids moving through the clarification process. He said this option is the city’s most viable and cost-effective solution at this point in time. A secondary option would be to bring in a mobile, temporary wastewater treatment system.

Public Works Director Harper Wilder said the plant staff have been dealing with the issue since early Sunday morning.

“Our staff are working 24 hours a day to resolve the issue and get the plant back on track,” Wilder said. “They are doing continuous real-time monitoring including Dissolved Oxygen checks twice a day down stream.”

He recommended that people and animals downstream of the plant stay out of the water until the issue is resolved.

Wilder outlined the action steps city staff have already taken and continue to take to prevent untreated wastewater from entering the creek:

  • Locating and installing pumps that would replicate the job of the bearing system
  • Finding a center well to replace the one that failed
  • Exploring the use of a mobile wastewater treatment service
  • Notifying TCEQ about a potential release of partially treated effluent above the permit limit
  • Notifying downstream neighbors about potential effects
  • Continuous monitoring of the plant and effluent leaving the plant

City Manager Scott Sellers also reached out to Uhland City Manager Karen Gallagher this morning to apprise her of the issue.

“We’re working on plant repairs and maximizing our efforts to mitigate any negative impacts to our neighbors and the environment,” Sellers said.

Despite the potential for a larger issue if the plant can’t be brought back to full health within a few days, he remained positive about the situation.

 “While this was a significant component failure, we believe the actions our staff already took and continue to take will allow us to overcome the challenges and maintain a properly functioning plant,” Sellers said.

The City of Kyle is nearing the completion stage of engineering for a plant expansion that has been on the books for approximately two years. Construction on that expansion is slated to begin in spring 2018.

2017 Holiday Waste and Recycle Pickup

Waste/Recycle pick up for the holidays

Thanksgiving service moves from Friday November 24, to Saturday November 25, 2017

Christmas service moves from Friday December 29, to Saturday December 30, 2017

New Year service moves from Friday January 5, to Saturday January 6, 2018

Thank you
City of Uhland

American Pickers to Film in Texas

Good afternoon,

My name is Evan and I work on the television show ‘American Pickers.’ The show will film in Texas this winter. The hosts are looking for people in your area with unique antique collections and interesting stories behind them.

I attached a press release, flyer and photo, and hope you can share with your community. We are trying to get the word out as soon as possible, so the sooner people with large collections reach out to us the better.

Please make sure people who have one of a kind items to sell reach out to us on our phone number 1-855-OLD-RUST (653-7878), or our email, which is

Click here and feel free to share the Got A Pick Post!

Mike and Frank only pick private collections so no stores, malls, flea markets, museums, auctions, businesses or anything open to the public.

My contact info is below, don’t hesitate to call me with any questions. Thank you so much for your time and help!

Sincerely,

Evan Linden
American Pickers on History
Email:
Phone: 646-561-3620

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CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide

Contact:
Mason Canales, CAPCOG Member Services Coordinator
512-916-6163,
Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG Emergency Communications Director
512-916-6044,

CAPCOG launches Text to 9-1-1 region wide

“Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”

Austin, Texas – The Capital Area Council of Governments has deployed Text to 9-1-1 service region wide after successfully testing that the region’s 31 public safety answering points (PSAPs), or 9-1-1 call centers, can reliably receive and respond to SMS text messages. The service is now activated on the four major cellphone service providers —Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile — in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

“Text to 9-1-1 is a great addition to emergency response; however, the service has several limitations so residents should familiarize themselves with them before texting 9-1-1 and most importantly remember to ‘Call if you can, text if you can’t,’” said Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG’s Emergency Communications director. A full Q&A about text to 9-1-1 is available at capcog.org/text911.

Text to 9-1-1 is the ability to send a cellphone text message to a local 9-1-1 call center. It is especially beneficial to those who are hard of hearing, deaf, or speech-impaired, but residents should only text 9-1-1 when calling 9-1-1 is unsafe or not possible.

Examples of when texting 9-1-1 would be beneficial include:

  • The caller cannot speak due to a threat, illness or medical condition
  • The caller has poor reception and can only send text messages
  • Phone lines and cellphone towers are overwhelmed and only texts can get through

Cellphone service providers only offer text messaging as a “best effort service” meaning providers do not guarantee a message will be delivered, said Obuch, who noted that text messages also can take longer to receive or can be delivered out of order. The only way to know a text reached a 9-1-1 call center is when the center texts back. If the sender thinks a text was not received, he or she should call 9-1-1. Call centers also don’t automatically receive a cellphone user’s location information when texting 9-1-1.

Text to 9-1-1 only is available in English. However, 9-1-1 voice calls can be processed in multiple languages, because all CAPCOG 9-1-1 call centers provide emergency interpretive services. Text to 9-1-1 does not work if the sender texts using group messages, emojis, pictures or videos. Apps that text other app users (such as WhatsApp) or texting via social media (such as Facebook Messenger) do not support Text to 9-1-1.
Here are a few additional things to remember about how to text to 9-1-1:

  1. Remember: “Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t.”
  2. Enter the numbers “911” in the “To” field.
  3. The first text message should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed.
  4. Push the send button.
  5. Be prepared to answer questions and follow instructions from the 9-1-1 call taker.
  6. Text in English and in simple words – do not use abbreviations.
  7. Keep text messages brief and concise.
  8. Once you have initiated a Text to 9-1-1 conversation, do not turn off your phone until the dispatcher tells you it is ok to do so

CAPCOG also developed two video public service announcements which can be viewed at capcog.org/text911. They also were distributed to local jurisdictions to share with residents.

About CAPCOG:
CAPCOG, governed by elected officials from the 10-county region it serves, has worked for more than 46 years as an advocate, planner and coordinator on important regional issues. Programs and services related to public safety and emergency response, environmental planning, economic and community development and the elderly are delivered at a regional level to leverage funding, maximize cooperation and eliminate duplication. CAPCOG serves Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

Advertisement for Bid – FEMA Drainage Improvements, Cotton gin Road

Prospective Bidders,

Below is an advertisement for bid for the City of Uhland – Cotton Gin Rd. – FEMA Drainage Improvements. Here is a link to the bid documents, plans and specifications for your use:

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Any addendum will also be posted to this link, if necessary.

For further information, contact Bryan Spina, P.E., CFM or Byron Sanderfer, P.E., CFM at 210.822.2232 with LNV, Inc. or

We look forward to your bid.

Thank you,

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Hays County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update- Public Draft Comment Period

Dear MPC members and supporting community partners,

The Hays County Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan Update has been approved for release for public comment by the Hays County Commissioners’ Court. The draft has been posted to the Hays County Emergency Services page. Please share the link via web page, social media, newsletter, or whichever other means you communicate with your citizens.

http://www.co.hays.tx.us/hazard-mitigation-plan-update.aspx

Comments will be sent to a centralized email address for web submission and mailing address for hard copy submission for two weeks. At the conclusion of this period (July 26, 2017), you will receive an email with any comments pertaining to your annex for review and consideration. I will be ready to incorporate any changes (if any) that you choose to include. The revision period will take place from July 26-31, 2017, with a goal of submitting the draft to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for the first level of review by August 1.

Thank you for your continued support through this process.

Paloma
Paloma Alaniz
Hazard Mitigation Planner

O: (512) 777-4612

HALFF ASSOCIATES, INC.
9500 Amberglen Blvd., Bldg. F, Suite 125
Austin, TX 78729-1102

Hays County Reinstates Burn Ban July 7 for Unincorporated Areas of the County

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., has reinstated the burn ban for unincorporated areas of Hays County effective immediately.

After consultation with Hays County Fire Marshal Clint Browning, the decision was made based on continuing windy conditions and low humidity throughout much of the county. The number of grass fires and house fires has risen throughout the county, and chances for area-wide rain are slim.

Grills with lids are allowed to be used during a burn ban, but burn barrels, even with lids, are banned. Burn Ban violators can face a fine of up to $500.

I-35 Ramp Reversals: Northbound Permanent Entrance & Exit Ramp Changes and Temporary I-35 Mainlane Lane Closures

Changes are coming next week to the northbound Permanent Ramp locations on TxDOT’s Ramp Reversal Project from the Blanco River to south of FM 150, weather permitting. Current schedule is as follows:

Monday night (6/19) into Tuesday morning, Angel Brothers will close the outside lane of the northbound I-35 mainlanes between the Blanco River and Yarrington Road to complete striping and move signs to the new exit ramp north of the Blanco River. Once completed, new Exit Ramp 210 to Yarrington Road will be opened permanently to traffic. The existing exit ramp to Yarrington Road, 0.4 miles south of Yarrington, will be permanently closed and removed. The I-35 outside lane closure is scheduled from 9 PM on 6/19/17 to 5 AM on 6/20/17. The inside and middle lane of traffic on I-35 will be open to allow traffic to pass during this lane closure.

Tuesday night (6/20) into Wednesday morning, Angel Brothers will close the outside two lanes of the northbound I-35 mainlanes from ½ mile south of Yarrington to 0.6 miles north of Yarrington Road to move Portable Concrete Traffic Barriers from one ramp to another ramp under construction. The I-35 outside lane closure is scheduled to begin at 9 PM on 6/20/17 and the middle lane closure will begin at 11 PM on 6/20/17. All lane closures will be picked up by 5 AM on 6/21/17. The inside lane of traffic on I-35 will be open to allow traffic to pass during this lane closure, however anticipate delay through this area overnight.

Wednesday night (6/21) into Thursday morning, Angel Brothers will close the outside lane of the northbound I-35 mainlanes from ½ mile south of Yarrington to 0.6 miles north of Yarrington Road to complete striping and move signs to the new exit ramp north of Yarrington Road. Once completed, new Exit Ramp 213 to FM 150 (Center Street) will be opened permanently to traffic. The existing exit ramp to FM 150 , 0.83 miles south of FM 150, will be permanently closed and removed. The I-35 outside lane closure is scheduled from 9 PM on 6/21/17 to 5 AM on 6/22/17. The inside and middle lane of traffic on I-35 will be open to allow traffic to pass during this lane closure.

Thursday night (6/22) into Friday morning, Angel Brothers will close the outside lane of the northbound I-35 mainlanes from ½ mile south of FM 150 to 0.1 miles north of FM 150 to complete striping and move signs to the new entrance ramp. Once completed, the new Entrance Ramp to 1-35, ½ mile south of FM 150, will be opened permanently to traffic. The I-35 outside lane closure is scheduled from 9 PM on 6/22/17 to 5 AM on 6/23/17. The inside and middle lane of traffic on I-35 will be open to allow traffic to pass during this lane closure.

Laureen Chernow
Hays County