Saline Makes Further Infrastructure Investments

Saline is making progress in its efforts to upgrade and upgrade its infrastructure. The city is taking steps to improve its ability to combat heavy rain events by purchasing two systems as strong storms become more intense and frequent due to climate change. One way to do this is by purchasing Sensaphone monitoring units.

These are water monitoring systems that alert city staff if any part of the Saline’s infrastructure is in danger of being flooded by excessive water so that staff can respond. This $ 90,000 system will either replace systems such as those in the sewage treatment plant or will be installed for the first time on other parts of the infrastructure such as the Mill Pond Dam.

“The wastewater treatment plant was migrated to the Sensaphone cloud platform in January 2021 and has been working well since it was installed. Alerts are consistent and employees can remotely monitor and manage their alerts by selecting their reactions. In addition, the station has been relocated near Breconshire Drive and is also functioning as expected, ”wrote Chris Shonk, Secretary of the Environment Commission, in a memo to the council. “Given their critical nature, I recommend doing these upgrades to keep the city’s water resources running reliably.”

According to Larry Sirls, Director of Public Works, it would cost between $ 95,078 and $ 101,907 to outsource this task to one of two specialist companies. By purchasing this system, the city is trying to discourage its taxpayers from continuing to pay these high fees on a regular basis.

“The sewer camera is an indispensable device that enables the DPW to check the internal condition of the sewer and rain pipes in the city. Buying a new pipeline camera allows for a much higher and cheaper level [of] Service to our residents, ”Sirls said in a memo. “The new sewer camera will also help crews identify specific pipe problems without costly digging.”

This is essentially a camera box on wheels controlled by a long cable that allows the city to inspect the pipeline itself without having to outsource the job. According to city manager Colleen O’Toole, everything fits in one trailer.

“At the moment we have to use a third party to get an assessment of the conditions. Most communities are postponing a model where they … have cameras as part of their regular equipment, “O’Toole said. “The goal of this system is that we can set an annual monitoring target; a certain part of the community, every year that we will take pictures and do a physical exam. “

The exact schedule of which sections of the saline sewer system will be inspected when and in what order has yet to be determined. But O’Toole predicted that the entire system would be visually expected every five to seven years to find small problems and fix them before they get big.

The city also leads the way with a sidewalk along Michigan Avenue from Saline River Drive to Austin Drive. The project, which was designed with support from Midwestern Consluting, is being implemented on a budget of $ 36,600.

Image source: Midwestern Consulting

“The sidewalk will extend west from the Saline River Bridge and join the existing sidewalk at 900 West Michigan Avenue,” said city engineer Jeff Fordice in a memo. “A branch of the sidewalk will be built along Austin Drive that will provide access to Saline River Drive and Washington Street and will then join the existing sidewalk on the north side via a zebra crossing … at 910 Austin Drive.”

Image source: Midwestern Consulting

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