An addition of chemicals and the installation of new aerators are in the works at Tucker Creek Wastewater Treatment plant, the source of an odor that has plagued residents of West Conway for about three weeks.

Tommy Shackleford, chief operating officer of Conway Corp., told the Conway Corp. board on Tuesday that his staff has been working with Garver Engineers to overcome the problem at the treatment plant, caused by a failure of a part of the process that is designed to break down the effluent, reducing the odor.

"The problem has gotten better in the last week and a half, since the addition of sodium nitrate," Shackleford said. Additional aerators will be installed in June.

Improvements at the Tucker Creek plant are part of the $66 million Tupelo Bayou Wastewater Treatment Plant project that will begin in earnest following a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 25, at the plant site on Lollie Road.

Ratepayers will notice an increase in wastewater fees beginning June 1, CEO Richard Arnold told the board.

In other business, Dr. Greg Murry, superintendent of Conway Public Schools, was welcomed as a new member of the board, replacing Austin Sullivan who served seven years, the last year as chairman.

Randy Crowell was elected chairman; Lori Paladino Ross was elected vice-chairman; and Bill Adkisson is the new secretary-treasurer.

Jason Hanson, chief technology officer, reported that 370 people participated in Conway Corp.’s Toadal Game Zone during Toad Suck Daze.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)