By Linda Greer

Globe Staff Writer

GRANBY, Mo. - Twenty years after designing Granby's wastewater-treatment plant, the same firm will perform an engineering study to determine how best to bring the operation into compliance.

The Granby City Council agreed Tuesday night to pay Archer Engineering of Springfield not more than $5,500 to study the city's wastewater operation to find the best way to meet state regulations.

Wastewater Superintendent Victor Coggin told the council that the Environmental Protection Agency has not pushed the city to get into compliance, but that it could do so in the future.

Mayor Donna Fullerton said she does not agree that the city's operation is out of compliance.

Coggin said there are three options for sludge treatment. One option, a sludge reed bed, would turn the sludge into a substance that could safely be used for fertilizer, he said.

Disposing of the sludge has been a problem because not enough land is available, and the city is in competition with poultry farms, Coggin said.

Fullerton questioned why the system already would need updating, noting that Archer Engineering installed the system only 20 years ago. "We haven't added that many houses or had much growth," Fullerton said.

Coggin said the new regulations came into effect just as the Granby operation was completed in the 1980s.

Out of compliance

The Granby sewage-treatment system does not meet state requirements because it does not have the capability to treat sludge, only to store it, according to Wastewater Superintendent Victor Coggin.

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