warning: file_exists(): open_basedir restriction in effect. File(/var/www/vhosts/glencoenews.com/httpdocs/../ad_/ad_cache_.inc) is not within the allowed path(s): (/var/www/vhosts/glencoenews.com/httpdocs/:/tmp/) in /var/www/vhosts/glencoenews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/ad/adserve.inc on line 160.

City to clean out 6,560 feet of sanitary sewer in 2015

It came as no surprise Tuesday, Jan. 20, that the Glencoe City Council is still focused on water issues as Gary Schreifels, public works director for water and wastewater, reported on a sewer-cleaning project and the city’s annual report to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) about the Glencoe’s inflow and infiltration (I&I) efforts.
Schreifels said the city plans to clean out 6,560 linear feet of the north trunk sewer line that runs near the high school and then south along Morningside Avenue to the wastewater treatment plant.
The line is buried about 20 feet deep in spots and is 21 inches in diameter, Schreifels said. The city does not have the equipment needed for that sized pipe, buried that deep.
He received two quotes for the work, and the Glencoe City Council awarded the work to Infratech for the low quote of $12,398, about $10,000 less than the other quote.
Schreifels said he has budgeted $15,000 in the wastewater fund, and work could begin soon with plans to be completed by the end of March.
The vote was 4-0 with Council Member Kevin Dietz absent.
The other water issue involved the mandated I&I report to the MPCA.
Schreifels said the city is required by the state to invest at least $100,000 a year in addressing its I&I problems in the city’s sanitary sewers. In 2014, 40 properties replaced or repaired sanitary sewer connections, Schreifels said, at an average cost of $3,000 per property. The city matches up to $1,000, he added. The highest project cost was $6,700, and the lowest about $600, Schreifels said and, in the latter case, the city pays for half of the cost.

For more, see the Jan. 28 print edition of The Chronicle.