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Brown City And School Working On Sewer Backup Issue
Mary Drier posted by Chandler Pawloski
Mon, 10 Feb 2020 14:08:39 EST
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Hopes are that monitoring over the next few months will find a reason as well as a solution to the Brown City School District's sewer problems. The Brown City Council hired Spicer Group to study why there are sewer backups and interruption to service when there is a heavy rain and melting snow to the school. To help figure out the problem, Spicer suggested installing temptation flow meters along the system to the school to identify where constraints to the system are. Installation of the flow meters started Jan. 27. Locations of the meters are expected to be Walter and Third Streets; Maple Valley Road even with Second Street; Maple Valley Road just north of Main Street; Maple Street just east of Lincoln Street; George and Main Streets; and Main Street just east of Thelman Avenue. The plan is to monitor the flow meters hourly through May. The information that is gathered during that time should pinpoint the problem areas and offer a solution to address the issue. The cost to have Spicer to do the study is not to exceed $30,000. In other matters, the state's new lead and copper rules were discussed.
The state has determined the municipality must replace 5 percent of any lead related water pipes in the city in each year with 100 percent of the copper/lead pipes replaced completely within 20 years. Water and Sewer Committee Chairman Walter Robison said the committee discussed the lead and copper rules and where to start this project. Some of the items discussed included: a $5 credit given to homeowners to get them to take pictures of their water line on the inside of their house. The council had no objection to offering a $5 rebate on a resident's water bill if they sent in pictures they had taken. And, the possibility of a new charge added to the homeowner's water bill that would be for the Lead and Copper 20 year project. And city Attorney Gregory Stremers, spoke of the liability for people taking pictures of their water lines on the inside of their house, and that the city would not be liable in case of injury while taking pictures. A public hearing is set for 7:05 p.m., Feb 24, for the lead and copper issue. The council decided to wait until May to send out a letter to all property owners detailing the program to take photos of their water lines and how to get the $5 rebate on their water bill as part of the City meeting the requirements associated with the new Lead and Copper Rules.
- The Feb. 10 council meeting has been rescheduled to 7 p.m., Feb. 17.
- It was noted a senior daycare center for the Fort Gratiot area is in the planning stages.