it takes the city of mesa 8 years to fix this problems. if thats the best government can do i want something else!

Mesa hopes to finally stop odor By Brian Powell, Tribune February 7, 2006

Mesa believes it finally has the answer to a sewer stench that has plagued the Dobson Ranch area for nearly a decade.

The City Council voted 6-0 Monday to install a new biofilter system to stop the odor that has become a part of everyday life along Baseline Road, just east of Loop 101.

The $745,444 project brings Mesas total cost of odor control there to about $1.1 million.

The citys plan pleased employees at Sallys Fabrics at 2647 W. Baseline Road.

It stinks all the time, store employee Melissa Hazelbaker said.

Dobson Association executive director Lynda Bailey said shes heard complaints from Dobson Ranch residents for the past eight years.

Some days are worse than others, but why should people have to put up with that? Bailey said.

The problems began when the sewer line along Baseline Road which travels to a sewer treatment plant in Phoenix was replaced with a siphon, or pipe, for Loop 101 construction, Mesa engineer Keith Nath said.

Mesa and the Arizona Department of Transportation were both involved with the siphon design and construction.

In 2000, Mesa built two odor-control facilities near the interchange, but the problem never went away despite adjustments by city experts. Nath said the facilities were likely not sized properly.

In August, the city and ADOT agreed to split the $740,000 construction cost of those two facilities.

This new project will be funded by Mesa using wastewater bonds and proceeds from a land sale in southeast Mesa.

Contact Brian Powell by email, or phone (480) 898-6514

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