Vandalism Damages Emergency Generator In St. Paul Resulting In Expensive Repair Costs.

Vandalism to the emergency backup generator at the 5th Street sewer lift station will likely cost St. Paul taxpayers hundreds of dollars to repair.

During weekly maintenance and inspection, Public Works staff found the generator’s radiator had been shot several times with a pellet gun, puncturing and partially draining the unit.  Had the generator activated, the lack of coolant could potentially destroy the $30,000 generator, that, in the event of a power outage, powers the primary sewer lift station serving the entire city.

Without the lift station in operation, a sewage spill might occur, which could pose a health hazard and result in fines and penalties from DEQ.

Repairs are expected to cost St. Paul taxpayers $800-$1,500.  The vandalism is being reported to the Sheriff’s Office.  Anyone with information about who caused the damage should contact the St. Paul City Office at (503) 633-4971.  The vandalism occurred sometime in the last 7-10 days.

Night Paving Work – Hwy 219 At Willamette River Bridge, St. Paul. Expect Delays.

An overnight paving project has begun on Hwy 219 between St. Paul and Newberg.  Crews are paving the Willamette River bridge and approaches. Traffic is one lane only and being controlled by flaggers and a pilot car.  Lots of heavy equipment on the project with dump trucks coming and going.

Expect delays of 5 to 15 minutes and congested traffic.

St. Paul Receives Preliminary Plan Approval Today For Water System Upgrades.

Today, the Oregon Health Authority Drinking Water Services Program (OHA-DWS) issued  preliminary plan approval for the City of St. Paul to proceed with upgrades to its water system.  The approval allows the City to begin the engineering and design phase of the project, which involves connecting a well owned by the St. Paul Rodeo Association to the City water system for municipal water service.     Engineers will design the system to meet current drinking water standards subject to further review and approval by OHA-DWS.

The project represents a significant step forward in improving the City’s water system, and was made possible by the collaborative efforts of the City and the St. Paul Rodeo Association and formalized in the recently signed Management Agreement for the St. Paul Rodeo Complex.