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Sewer main problems persist in Silver Lake

Dan and Sue Keiser are at a loss.
The Keisers attended the Silver Lake City Council meeting on Feb. 17 to address a sewer backup at their home at 213 Cleveland St. SE. The Keisers have experienced backups and flooding of their home before, for a total of four times in two years. The city’s insurance policy through the League of Minnesota Cities denied the claim to repair, clean and reimburse the Keisers for the expenses incurred for these events, although they were willing to put forth a “goodwill gesture” by paying $1,768 to replace the carpet that was destroyed.
The Keisers came to the meeting in hopes that the city would take responsibility and make up the difference in costs. The Keisers were very emphatic, as they had just experienced the fourth backup the night before the meeting, and their home was still in the process of being cleaned out again.
Sue Keiser said to the Council, “If any of you guys would like to live the way we’ve been living, let me know.”
The discussion first turned to the task of finding the true cause of the problem and developing a plan to fix it, to prevent any further incidents.  Public Works Supervisor Dale Kosek was consulted concerning the sewer main in question. He said that when the obstructions were pulled out, they did find some disposable wipes in the main, but said that the true problem could be something else, a clay tile out of joint, for example. He said the best way to identify the true problem is to have a televised inspection by putting a camera into the main to see the problem area more clearly. The Council decided to wait until the televised report to choose the route of attack it would use to fix the problem.

For more, see the Feb. 25 print edition of The Chronicle.