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Orrick board meets with water-testing firm

By Russ Green/Richmond News

Peter Cohlmia of CH2MHILL appeared before the Orrick City Council at their monthly meeting Monday night at the Lions Club Building and gave a background of his company that could help the city with its water needs. The company provides water testing, sampling and provides all the necessary DNR reports. It has done the same for cities like Plattsburg and Webb City.

Mayor Cindy Lampton brought up the idea of having a company to provide this service for Orrick a few months ago, and CH2MHILL is just one of two companies to get back with the city.

“I’m looking into using the city money for this and avoid the constant turnover of the public works department and relicensing of all those that come in,” she said. “It’s a nightmare.”

Lampton told Cohlmia that Orrick currently has a full-time person on the public works staff now.

“But they don’t have a license and that’s what we are looking for,” she explained. “We need somebody who will make sure that we are in compliance with DNR. We have called them to ask them if this would work for us and they said it would.”

The mayor said this would also help free up the full-time person to concentrate on day-to-day maintenance.

“I think the beauty of this is you don’t have to hire somebody full time,” Cohlmia said. “You can to it with the part time. It becomes a win-win.”

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