‘First of many stages’
The Washington City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, June 17, concerning proposed plans and other items for Phase 1 of the sanitary sewer rehabilitation. The estimated cost of the project is $138,335.40.
City administrator Brent Hinson said, “This is the first of many stages here, in terms of continuing to work on some sewer lining and other work to reduce the inflow and infiltration in to the sanitary sewer system.”
He said a companion piece would come before the council in the future to rehabilitate 12 manholes and to replace castings that are bad. He said the biggest problem with the manholes is cracks in the pipes and brick linings.
But this first project seeks to reline pipes, sewer cleaning, televising, pipe reaming, root sawing, sewer service connection reinstatement, manhole installation, open cut point repairs, and miscellaneous work.
Hinson told the council that they will likely see plans to improve the system every year. The projects will range in price from $150,000 to $250,000 a year. He would also like to put unspent funds into the sewer projects fund to save up for larger projects.
Noticing that some of the work in this first project is located on Main Street, councilor Bob Shellmyer asked about the courthouse area, which isn’t in the plan.
Engineer Leland Belding said, “The downtown one is going to be very costly.”
He said it needs more investigation. He had thought two other areas would be in this year’s project, but the video of the sewer lines showed too much damage to do a sewer-lining project.
The council members received maps of the areas where the relining will take place.