Sewer separation project ‘is a mess’
by Terra Temple
Oct 23, 2013 | 892 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Unlike Metropolis’ adopted son, crew members with Amrent Contracting Inc. don’t have X-ray vision to see where they’re digging as they undertake the task of separating the area’s surface water and sanitary sewer lines.

Instead, they’re digging like mole men — blindly.

And what they’re running into is a costly mess.

Due to the Columbus Day holiday, the regular meeting of the Metropolis City Council was held Tuesday, Oct. 15. While the agenda was light, just over 20 minutes of the hour long meeting were consumed in discussion concerning the city’s current sewer separation project and the work to come for it.

While three items of the agenda regarded the work, it was the last two that spurred the discussion. In the end, both were approved by the council.

The first was a change order on the sewer separation project — $19,500 for relocating conflicting waterlines and $700 to fill in the hole on Eighth Street.

“Is this something they just ran up on as far as the relocation of them or what?” Alderman David Daugherty asked. “That’s a pretty good penny for that.”

Civil engineer Chad Vance with HMG Engineers explained: “We don’t have very accurate mapping or good locations, so several of the waterlines that were designed around weren’t in the places they were supposed to be. By excavating, we’ve uncovered them and now we’re going to have to reroute in several different locations because of that.”

Alderman Bill Carrell asked if the catch basins could be moved to avoid moving the waterlines, noting the problem is in several places where the sewer separation project is to take place. Vance said if it’s moved in either direction, “you’re going to have a catch basin right in the middle of the road, which won’t work out, and if we move it into the sidewalk, you’re no longer in the curb.”

“I think that’s been the delay,” Carrell said. “why you haven’t been able to work — rather than waiting on material, you’ve run into these lines, you couldn’t go no further?”

Vance agreed.

“So there will be a chance of more (change orders)?” Daugherty asked.

“Oh, there will be,” Mayor Billy McDaniel replied.

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