City Council approves resolution to replace 500 feet of rotting sewer lines

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Hillsdale City Council unanimously passed a resolution this week to replace rotting sewers under the M-99.

The resolution calls for the replacement of 500 meters of pipeline, which will cost US $ 238,000. City manager David Mackie said laying the new plumbing under the grass on the side of the road will cut costs. This could save the city up to $ 90,000 in total cost on the project, Mackie said.

In September, the city discovered defective pipes when a city contractor conducted a video inspection of the M-99 motorway. During the inspection, a camera fell into the pipe, and when city workers dug the camera out of the pipe, they discovered the rotten pipes.

“The entire line, about 1,500 meters of it, is in very poor condition,” said Mackie. “The pipes were very brittle. While the contractors were trying to repair the pipes, there were actually sections of pipe that broke off. ”

The repair is carried out in two parts. One part replaces the worst parts of the pipe and the other replaces the lining in the pipes. According to Mackie, the liner can reinforce existing pipes that do not have structural defects, such as the lack of essential parts.

Mackie said the city will repair the liner first because it is a “more economical repair”.

During the session, the city council also reviewed the July-September financial report, as well as the progress of the leaf collection.

The financial report for the first quarter showed high city income from the summer tax collection season, while spending in the general fund remained high due to seasonal maintenance costs.

Interim finance director Karen Lancaster said seasonal spending could skew the discrepancies in the report.

“Our earnings are looking really great right now because we are collecting our tax revenues,” she said. “It’s a big deal during summer time, so most of our tax revenue goes into our earnings more than we’d expect, but it balances out over time.”

Jake Hammel, director of public services, said the leaf collection’s second round began this week.

“We went through the entire system once,” said Hammel. “When it comes to car compliance on the road, one thing has come to light: we got very little compliance there. Besides, we didn’t have many stacks, but we hope to see an improvement with this next round of collecting. “

Hammel said city services would not be collecting piles of leaves behind cars due to the difficulty of maneuvering the leaf collecting equipment.

The city urges residents to rake their leaves by the roadside in their community from the first day of collection. The city-wide sheet collection is expected to last until December 7th.

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