September 30, 2014

Grant would fund sewers, manholes in SH

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com

Slow and steady gets the job done, that was the consensus during a Spring Hill City Council meeting on May 12.

Council members discussed an ongoing project to upgrade old sewer lines and replace worn manholes in the city. To date, they’ve used a county grant – the Community Block Development Grant – to gradually improve the sewer system.

Rory Hale, public works director, told council members that the project to upgrade older lines and manholes started in 1999.

“It’s taken 13 years to get halfway through the project,” Hale told council members. “It will take at least another 10 years to complete.”

Using the annual grant program since 1999, city officials have modernized 21,000 feet of sewer lines. They still have 20,000 feet to go. At the same time, they’ve re-aligned 32 manholes and still have about 95 left to complete the project.

Hale said public works officials will apply for $100,000 in this year’s competitive CBDG process.

If successful, they’ll use the funds, which require the city to match $5,000, to re-align 50 more manholes and upgrade several thousand feet of pipe.

Council members will vote on moving forward with the city’s CBDG program during a May 26 meeting, but the grant has the mayor’s support already.

“Obviously, this is something that’s going to benefit us down the road, Mayor Mark Squire said.

Council member Steven Ellis agreed that using CBDG funds for sewer upgrades has been successful.

“This is a good exercise in slow and steady wins the race,” Ellis said.

In other business, council members:

• Approved an addendum to the city’s pool management agreement. The agreement will adjust the hours that Midwest Pool Management opens the swimming pool.

• Approved an ordinance that will add special tax assessments on properties in the north sanitary sewer benefit district no. 4. According to Melanie Landes, city finance director, affected property owners have been notified, and no one spoke at a public hearing related to the matter.

• Met in executive session for attorney-client privilege to discuss matters related to Sycamore Ridge Golf Course.

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