Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Now Available

Oak Lodge Sanitary District has published a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Years Ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2013.

To view the report you’re welcome to come into the District administrative office, or follow the link to find a PDF copy here: http://www.oaklodgesanitary.com/finances/

The report will also be presented to the Board of Directors by Pauly, Rogers, and Co., P.C. on January 13, 2015 during the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors.

Visit http://www.oaklodgesanitary.com/meeting-agendas-minutes-information/ to find additional information about the meeting.

Requests For Information

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report is designed to provide a general overview of the District’s financial condition for all those with an interest.

Questions concerning any of the information contained in the report should be addressed to J. Michael Read, General Manager, via the following methods:

Phone: (503) 653-1653 Ext. 101
E-mail: jmread@olsd.net
Letter:
Oak Lodge Sanitary District
Attn: General Manager
14611 S.E. River Road
Oak Grove, OR 97267

You Did It- we noticed! Thank you for helping keep our streets clean!

This fall has been more wet than usual, but we have received fewer complaints thanks to the great residents of the District who have been helping out! We’d like to say ‘thanks’ to the residents who have been doing the right thing by raking up the street leaves, and removing them from the street in front of their house. Doing so will help to prevent flooding on the street during fall rainstorms and spring snow melt and will also keep decomposing leaves in storm drains from adding phosphorus, which contributes to algae blooms during the summer, to nearby wetlands and waterways. In combination with the District’s catchbasin cleaning program, we’ve seen a positive effect on reducing localized flooding.

Here are some tips if you’d like to do this:
1. Rake up leaves and debris that accumulate in the street next to
the curb; usually this is the area within a foot or two of the curb (often this is where cars park along a street).
2. Be careful of oncoming traffic! Your personal safety is most
important.
3. Remove the piles from the street, you can put them in your yard debris or compost pile. Keep your leaves and yard waste out of the regular garbage, and never dump them in wetlands or buffer areas. It’s illegal!
4. Congratulate yourself on helping to keep our water clean and rivers healthy!

Be aware that Clackamas County Roads Maintenance division performs street sweeping on a routine basis throughout the entire County. They rotate through the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area depending on their schedule. If you want to know when Street Sweeping will occur in your neighborhood, you can call (503) 557-6391 (Clackamas County Transportation Maintenance Department). If you have questions about the maintenance of catchbasins in the District, OLSD Surface Water Management would be happy to answer those questions.

District’s Water Reclamation Facility Gains National Attention with Implementation of Cannibal® Solids Reduction Technology

Wastewater is composed of liquids and solids. In an effort to reduce the amount of solids the Water Reclamation Facility implemented the new Cannibal solids reduction system in 2012. This fall District staff was invited to share its success with the reduction system. Staff presented the results of the first two years performance of the system at the Water Environment Federation’s national technical conference and at the regional Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association annual conference.

The results of the first two years showed a 60% reduction in solids produced from the new facility when compared to the solids produced from the original treatment plant. Staff is continuing to work with the manufacturer of the Cannibal® system to further optimize the system to achieve a target of 75% to 80% solids reduction at the facility.

Where Does It Go?

The average residential customer of the Oak Lodge Sanitary District pays approximately $43 per month for sewer collection and treatment services. What services do our customers receive for their sewer fee?

Wastewater from homes and businesses contains toilet wastes; laundry, sink, shower wastes; virtually anything that can be flushed or poured down the drain. As this wastewater leaves the homes and businesses, it travels through a system of pipes, sewers, and pumping stations to the Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). Completed in 2013, the new $61 million WRF is a state-of-art technological marvel which turns these wastes into clean water and fertilizer. The clean water is released into the Willamette River and the fertilizer is spread on farmlands where it provides nutrients that help crops grow.

The average individual in the Oak Lodge Sanitary District produces 100 gallons of wastewater every day or around 3000 gallons per month. At the currently average monthly rate of $43 per month, it costs less than $1.45 per day to remove all of the wastewater from your home, transport it to the WRF, and turn it into clean water and fertilizer. We appreciate the support of the community in funding the new WRF and for managing their wastes responsibly. The WRF is an amazing treatment plant which will serve the community for the next 50 years and more. If you’d like a tour, please call us at (503)653-1653 and we’d be delighted to show off this great community resource.

Storm Drain Cleaning for Business Owners! Deadline Extended!

Fall is here and we have partnered with a local drain cleaning company to offer deep discounts on storm drain cleaning!

Help prevent flooding and keep our rivers and streams clean. Cleanings will be scheduled for October and November, but sign up by the deadline to take advantage of the discount!

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR THE DISCOUNTED RATE: Extended to December 15,2014!

For questions sign ups contact: Jessica Prochniak, 503.653.1653 x102 or jmprochniak@olsd.net

Check out the mailer here!

Sept 27th Drug Take Back Event

Drug Take-Back Event #2!
Saturday September 27th
10am-2pm
Kaiser Permanente Parking Lot (10100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas)

On Saturday, September 27th Clackamas County Sheriff will be hosting another Drug Take-Back event at the parking lot of Kaiser Permanente 10100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR from 10am-2pm. Acceptable items for the turn-in include prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointment tubes and liquid medications.

Proper disposal is critical to ensure clean drinking water; to prevent drug misuse; and to support fish and wildlife populations. Never flush any drugs!

Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to receive these drugs for proper disposal in this one day, no questions asked, drug turn-in event. Drugs and prescriptions can be turned in “as is,” opened or unopened. The collected items will be sealed and securely stored until they are destroyed by incineration.

For questions, please contact Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department at 503-785-5077 or email crime prevention@clackamas.us

For more information, click here for the flyer!

Drug Take-Back Event

Drug Take-Back Event
Saturday September 20th
11am-1pm
Oak Lodge Sanitary District Admin Office(14611 SE River Rd, Oak Grove, OR 97267)

On Saturday, September 20th Clackamas County Sheriff will be hosting a Drug Take-Back event at Oak Lodge Sanitary District 14611 SE River Rd, Milwaukie, OR from 11am-1pm. Acceptable items for the turn-in include prescription medications and samples, over the counter medications, vitamins, pet medications, medicated ointment tubes and liquid medications.

Proper disposal is critical to ensure clean drinking water; to prevent drug misuse; and to support fish and wildlife populations. Never flush any drugs!

Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies will be on hand to receive these drugs for proper disposal in this one day, no questions asked, drug turn-in event. Drugs and prescriptions can be turned in “as is,” opened or unopened. The collected items will be sealed and securely stored until they are destroyed by incineration.

For questions, please contact Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department at 503-785-5000 or Oak Lodge Sanitary District at 503-653-1653.

Down the River Clean Up

Float and fill the boat! We Love Clean Rivers and the Clackamas River Basin Council present the 12th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas on Sunday, September 7th.

All participants must pre-register online at www.welovecleanrivers.org/clackamas.

Registration closes on Sept 5th at 8 am.

This is an on-river, volunteer clean up. All non-motorized watercrafts are invited! Attracting over 400 people, and typically removing 3-4 tons of trash from the river that provides more than 400,000 residents with fresh drinking water, We Love Clean Rivers and CBRC hopes you’ll join them in making this 12th Anniversary a splashing success!

Afterwards, all are invited back to Barton County Park from 3-6 pm for a family friendly celebration with a free BBQ, live music by Goldfoot, Base Camp Brewing Company libations, booths, games, prizes and a great silent auction.

Questions? Website has all the details: www.welovecleanrivers.org or email coordinator@welovecleanrivers.org.

2014 Down the River Clean Up Poster

Odor Report

The staff of OLSD is currently working hard to control odors at the plant stemming from the relationship between the Cannibal Interchange Reactor and the aerobic digesters. If you or your neighbors are experience odor from the Water Reclamation Facility and would like to share your concern, please utilize this form: Odor Report Form.

The form can be submitted to OLSD via email (mdwalter@olsd.net), mail, or in person at our Admin office: 14611 SE River Rd.

To alert OLSD to sanitary sewer or surface water related problems, please feel free to visit this page: Alert OLSD to a Problem.

OLSD July 1, 2014 Rate Update

On June 10, 2014 the Oak Lodge Sanitary District Board of Directors approved the budget and rates for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. Billing occurs every other month in arrears for a two-month billing cycle. Effective July 1, 2014 the service charges will be calculated as follows:

Single Family Residential:
SSS Fee Fixed Portion:  $34.57/month
SSS Fee Variable Portion:  $1.75/ccf
SWM Fee:  $7.00/month

Multi-family, Commercial, Industrial, Other:
SSS Fee Fixed Portion Per EDU:  $34.57/month
SSS Fee Variable Portion:   $1.75/ccf
SWM Fee Per 2,500sf of impervious surface:  $7.00/month

The SSS portion funds all aspects of sanitary sewer collection, transmission and treatment facilities. The fixed rate includes debt service from the building of the WRF approved by ratepayer’s vote in 2009. The variable portion is determined by averaging winter water usage (November through May) as provided from the Oak Lodge Water District. The SWM portion funds the DEQ & EPA mandated management of storm water runoff into the four streams in our district.

One CCF equals 748 gallons. Did you know the average residential household uses 14 ccf per billing cycle or approximately 172 gallons per day? This breaks down to a cost of less then $1.80 per day to collect, process and treat all water to a standard clean enough to discharge into the Willamette River!

We all work hard to keep our rivers clean! To learn more or for questions on your bill please feel free to call us at 503-653-1653 or email us at billing@olsd.net.