Thanks to some rule-breaking, the town can finally get started on the Water Street sinkhole and sewer. Kevin Coleman was at the Chillicothe Council last night.
The council had waived the formal bidding process on 27 June, allowing bidding to begin now to repair the sewer break at Water and Watt Streets.
Mayor Like Feeney says they now hope to have the job done by day 90. You are around day 55.
He said the good news is that the sinkhole prompted the city to send a video camera further down the sewer, where they found about 1,200 feet of a centuries-old concrete pipe had reached the end of its life.
That extra length is in imminent danger of collapsing, so Feeney says a contractor will save the city the tremendous expense of digging a trench about nine feet deep to replace the pipe by blowing in new liner. The liner rolls down the pipe like a sock to create a new, durable, modern seal.
The cost of the sinkhole works is $65,000 to $70,000. The liner repair will only cost about $300,000.
Feeney also mentioned that ADA sidewalk ramp work should begin within the next two weeks for this street paving.
Council member Allison Henderson reported that a group of council members examining options for the homeless are now working with Continuum of Care and their next meeting will be on August 6th.
The council meeting is also on Youtube. (Henderson’s New Business Report on the homeless is at 1:10.)
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