City to replace failing westside sanitary sewer mains

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Two failing sanitary sewers on the city’s west side will be replaced this summer.

The City Council Tuesday authorized replacement of the lines on Schwartz Street from Laack Street to Sunset Drive and on Franklin Street from Plymouth to Park streets.

“We had a couple of residents that had sewage backing up into their residences,” on the two streets in February, Public Works Director William Immich explained.

The city attempted to jet clean both lines, but had difficulty getting the jetting machine through the pipes, according to Immich. The city has been jetting both lines about every 10 days to two weeks to keep the lines open, he added.

On Franklin Street, Immich said, “we hit a spot where the pipe was so displaced we couldn’t get through (from either direction). We have about 200 feet where we don’t know what the condition (of the pipe) is.”

On Schwartz Street, “we’ve got roots in parts (of the pipe) with the top completely gone,” Immich said.

Both lines are old clay tiles, according to Immich, and the plan is to replace them with six-inch plastic pipe.

The Schwartz Street line is 302 feet long and Franklin Street 330 feet long. As part of the project, an outdated brick manhole on the corner of Franklin and Park streets will also be replaced.

Immich said he estimated the cost to replace the sewer lines will be $90,000, with a total estimate with contingencies and inspections of $110,000.

He told the council the project has been advertised, with bid opening scheduled for April 23 so the council can award a contract at their April 28 meeting. Immich said he expected the work could be completed by mid-June.

The public works director also announced that the yard waste drop off site at the city garage on Valley Road will be open Saturdays beginning this weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Logging work on the city landfill site on State 23 in the town of Greenbush has been completed, but a large number of tree tops were left behind by the loggers, Immich told the council.

The city is accepting bids from parties interested in removing those from the property until May 8. The successful bidder will have until October to clear the wood from the 40-acre site.

Alderman John Nelson issued a request to the public to clean up after their dogs when they walk them in the city. He said he had received a constituent complaint about dog wastes left in their yard.

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