On Monday Shawnee City Commissioners voted to approve a task order with C.H. Guernsey and Co. for engineering services for the stabilization of the Shawnee Water Treatment Plant Residual Lagoons.

On Monday Shawnee City Commissioners voted to approve a task order with C.H. Guernsey and Co. for engineering services for the stabilization of the Shawnee Water Treatment Plant Residual Lagoons.

Utilities Director Brad Schmidt said all the rain the area received in the spring caused excessive flooding, which resulted in significant damage to the city's lagoon dam at one of the plants.

If the lagoon doesn't get it repaired, more flooding would cause complete failure, he said, and could wash residual sludge into the river — which would result in fines from ODEQ.

Part of the intended job of the engineering services is to armor the lagoon dikes from additional deterioration, according to the commission agenda.

Ward 3 City Commissioner James Harrod said he believes similar issues have occurred at least three times since he has been on the commission.

“We need to take a look at relocating that to get it away from the river,” Harrod said. “We need to solve that problem.”

Mayor Richard Finley agreed, saying the situation is a big deal.