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BPM Inc Has Tentative DNR Okay For Wastewater Plan

Issue Date: August 19, 2020

The Wisconsin DNR issued notice on Wednesday, Aug. 19 that BPM Inc. has received tentative approval to construct its own wastewater treatment facility along the west bank of the Peshtigo River just south of the mill at 200 W. Front Street in Peshtigo. Once done, the mill will no longer need to use the City of Peshtigo facilities for the majority of the wastewater generated by mill operations.

The DNR may schedule a public informational hearing on the proposal if it is requested by anyone, and must schedule such a hearing if a petition is received from five or more persons. Persons wishing to comment or object to the permit action or request a public hearing may write to the DNR, Laura Gerold, 2984 Shawano Ave., Green Bay, 54313 or call or e-mail to laura.gerold@wisconsin.gov.

Meanwhile, the City of Peshtigo Water and Sewer Committee met at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18 at City Hall to discuss several matters, including a closed session meeting with legal counsel. The City Council meeting held that afternoon also included a closed session discussion with Water and Sewer committee members present, along with city officials including City Attorney David Spangenberg.

The utility has been negotiating with BPM Inc. for purchase or easement of some property owned by the mill and needed for the river crossing.

The Water and Sewer Committee has another meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at which they expect a DNR representative to be on hands to answer some of the questions they have in regard to the new river crossing of the main west to east sewer line that is under construction to resolve some overflow issues.

Consultant Taryn Nall of the Reukert Malke engineering firm was on hand to briefly discuss the river crossing. Negotiations have been underway between the utility and BPM Inc over access to put the larger new line to carry sewage from the city's west side to its wastewater treatment facility on the east.

The DNR representative who has been working with them on the overflow issues is expected to attend the Aug. 25 session.

Nall said he is working on the Clean Water Fund loan application, which must be submitted with approvable plans and specifications by Wednesday, Sept. 30. He said there have been some problems working with the DNR because they are doing most of their work remotely due to Covid-19 concerns, "but they are doing a pretty good job anyway."

Nall said the bottom of the bedrock along the river crossing pie route turned out to be at 885 feet, "exactly as shown on the 1985 plans." This confirms they will be working on a solid rock base when going under the river as planned, he said.

The Public Service Commission has approved the utility's decision to charge 1 percent late payment penalties to utility customers only on the fourth quarter bills this year.

Present for the meeting were Nall; committee members Dan Seymour, Fred Meintz, and Chair Tom Gryzwa, and Jim Koronkiewicz, general manager of BPM, Inc. Present for the somewhat brief closed session that followed with no action taken in open session were Seymour, Meintz, Gryzwa, and City Attorney David Spangenberg.


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