The issue came to a head over the weekend. Near the close of Monday’s hourlong meeting, Waste Water Treatment Plant supervisor Frank Walsh informed the council that the sewer line between Carter and Crestview drives has collapsed.
“It barely has a trickle of flow going through it right now,” he said.
To assist residents, a diesel-fueled pump will be placed in the neighborhood to pump the line’s contents. “As a stop-gap effort until the construction and replacement of the other line is completed,” Walsh informed the council, “we’re pumping across a yard into another sewer line at Carter, that’s going down toward Metropolis (Street). It’s just rerouting the sewage to where it goes into the sewer on Metropolis Street — instead of running from Metropolis to North Avenue, it’s going from North Avenue to Metropolis.”
The line is located where the back yards of Carter and Crestview residences touch. Walsh said it has been partially collapsed for the last several years, but “it finally just reached its point, probably some time over the weekend.” The collapse was discovered Monday when a water-filled manhole was seen.
“We know the line is broken because when we used our jetter to jet inside the line, it just could not go through the obstructions and it actually came out of the surface of the ground,” Walsh said.
In December 2013, the council awarded the Crestview/Carter sewer main replacement project to Amrent Contracting Inc. and hired HMG Engineers & Architects as the resident project representative for the project. Chad Vance, a civil engineer with HMG, said Tuesday morning that Amrent was scheduled to start the work two weeks ago but easements have not been completed. Residents who have not signed easements for the project are asked to do so at the office of city attorney Rick Abell at Metropolis City Hall.
Walsh told the council Monday he had spoken with Vance who informed him “it’ll be about a two-week period before they can get the equipment mobilized and then we’ll start from there,” Walsh relayed. “It will be a little inconvenient.”
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