A movement is under way to name the city’s sludge press building after former aldermen Bill Lively and Glen Moore. They encouraged the upgrade during their time on the board.
Alderman Billy Wood made the recommendation during a recent Water and Sewer Committee meeting.
“Bill Lively and Glenn Moore spent a decade trying to get a compacting system built at the wastewater treatment plant,” said Wood. “I would like to ask the board to honor those men by naming the building after them.”
The building houses the city’s sludge press, which was installed in 2008. Sludge, meaning the city’s sewage, is pressed to remove the water and then treated to remove bacteria through a three-stage process that removes the water and uses lime to kill bacteria.
Prior to the sludge press, the liquid product would be taken by truck to nurseries and spread out, bacteria and all, using large trucks. By using the sludge press and processing what remains with lime, the product is safe for humans and animals and can be hauled by nursery owners themselves.
Wood says Lively and Moore spent 10 years trying to move the city into the future and keep ahead of changing Environmental Protection Agency guidelines to prevent the spread of bacteria.
“If it weren’t for those guys spending 10 years pushing it, I don’t think it would have happened,” said Wood. “When they first looked at it, it was going to be $600,000. By the time it got through the slow motion of city hall, the sludge press cost was more than $1 million. However, they stayed with it. Our system is years ahead of the curve because of their efforts.”
Wood says he has no preference as to the order of the names on the building, “Moore Lively” or “Lively Moore,” while Mayor Jimmy Haley warned against the first ending in jokes.
“If you put Moore Lively, someone will say is there less lively,” said Haley, which brought a round of laughter. “You will have to be careful about it or there will be jokes.”
Committee members voted unanimously to recommend the measure to the full board.