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Elma working on new pump station for Dow Chemical

City officials in Elma say that a new sewer pump station is needed to accommodate the needs of Dow Chemical, which has a plant on Highway 12 near the city limits.

On July 21, the Elma City Council approved an agreement with engineering firm Gibbs & Olson valued at $42,987 to figure out what a new pump station would look like.

Elma Mayor Dave Osgood said that the construction of the facility could be an expensive proposition and he plans to ask the county commissioners for assistance in utilizing the county’s economic development fund. The county gets some of the state’s share of its sales tax back to specifically work on infrastructure projects. The fund has been tapped to help projects at the Port, the Satsop Business Park and a sewer project in Westport in recent years. One of the requirements of the fund is if it will help attract or retain jobs.

“This facility provides a lot of good jobs for Elma,” Osgood said.

The design of the project is expected to be completed by April of next year. At that time, more should be known on the potential costs of the replacement pump station.

“Replacement design shall include coordination with Dow staff and city staff to address design capacity, final pump station location, security financing and operational issues,” the contract states. “The new sewer pump station shall be a wet put submersible style pump station.”