Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett predicted there will be additional expenses to maintain the sewer line between Constantine and Three Rivers Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) at a Monday evening (May 6) meeting of the village council.
Honeysett presented council members with two photos of the damaged areas, and a memorandum from plant superintendent James Baker outlining the situation.
Baker stated while recent air release valve installation was being completed, several areas with substantial corrosion were found in lines along Gleason and King Roads.
“Most areas will require new saddles, nipples and inlet valves along with media blasting and an epoxy coating of the line,” he said. “One location is very severe and will require a new section of 10″ diameter pipe.”
“All of this work will require a complete shutdown of the line, isolation of the work area, and a pumper truck to pump out the 1,000 feet or so of line that is up gradient of the work area.”
Baker said a contractor was in the process of putting together a cost for the additional work and more information would be presented at a future council meeting.
Honeysett told the council Three Rivers is responsible for inspection and routine maintenance of the sewer line, but repairs “come out of our pocket.”
In other council business:
- Honeysett thanked former village clerk Ruth Strawser for calling it to the council’s attention they could not sell village property to Dr. Charles and Joelen Zimont without first modifying an existing ordinance or adopting a new one. Honeysett said Village Attorney Howard Bush was consulted, and he agreed with Strawser. The Zimonts requested the village sell them eight feet of property contiguous to their west property line at 280 East Water Street for landscaping purposes. After a public hearing on April 15, the council voted to sell the property to the Zimonts for the token amount of $1.00. Honeysett sent a letter to the Zimonts asking them to consider an agreement with the village to “simply treat the property as if it were your own.” In it he proposed that Bush draw up a resolution granting the Zimont’s “unfettered freedom” to plant trees and shrubs on the site. Joelen Zimont attended the meeting and indicated the resolution would be satisfactory. Honeysett said the resolution would only pertain to the Zimont’s, and not future owners.
- Trustee Cathy Piper gave a report on a recent meeting of the fire department advisory board. Piper said the fire department purchased a new gas detector, which detects four types of gas, and can be used for crime scenes. They also purchased five automatic external defibrillators (AEDs.) An AED is a portable electronic devise that diagnoses potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmia of ventricular fibrillation in a patient. It treats arrhythmia with electrical therapy, allowing the heart to establish an effective rhythm. Two AEDs will stay at the fire department, two were given to the police department, and one is in the village office, she said. All items were purchased with fundraisers and memorial funds. Honeysett and several council members commented on the professionalism of the fire department. “We recently had two raging fires–one at Peach Tree Apartments, and another at 570 S. Washington Street. The firefighters kept the adjacent apartments and houses safe. They are well trained, and were quick to respond. Our chief and the department deserve a big pat on the back,” Honeysett said.
- Council President Pat Weiss was appointed as acting chairman to the Parks & Recreation Board. Also appointed until the general election of November, 2014 were Michael Messner, Virginia Tavernier, Marti Brown, Justine Cullifer, Connie Balyeat, CIndy LaFluer and Gordon Evilsizor.
Source: Story contributed by Angie Birdsall, photos from Village Manager Mark Honeysett