City Public Works Director Matt Michalik says lift station 111 on the strip set off a remote monitoring alarm about 4:00 Sunday afternoon. Michalik says the lift station lost power and the backup source of power was not ready.
“When the power failed the generator has a built in battery charger to keep the battery charged that actually starts the engine and the battery charger is not working properly. This was a bad way to find out it wasn’t working,” says Michalik.
Michalik told the board last night that his crews were on scene until about ten Sunday evening trying to clean up the spill. The incident has been reported to DNR who has already said they will not investigate further due to the heavy amount of rain Sunday. Matt told the board last night that DNR understands the nature of the beast.
“You know, it is what it is. It’s like I told the board and everybody here, when you have mechanical equipment like that, things are going to malfunction. Stuff is going to happen. There’s nothing you can do about it to stop it. There’s absolutely no way to stop it.”
Earlier this spring this same lift station was hit by lighting leading to a $12,000 transfer switch replacement. Members of the board commented last night on how the lift station has had several bouts of bad luck and may be cursed.