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Problems near Power Street

Spring Valley looks at water main issue

SPRING VALLEY — Spring Valley aldermen decided on Tuesday to delay the sewer project taking place on Power Street.

City engineer Larry Good reported the project got underway last Wednesday with exploratory excavations being completed in three different locations, which were done to determine where new manhole covers would be placed.

While digging up a location in the alley between Saint Paul and Devlin streets, workers uncovered a 4-inch water main sitting only about 2.5 inches from the ground surface and running closer to the sewer line than what’s recommended.

“We are at a little bit of a loss as to why it didn’t freeze last winter,” Good explained. “But because we have discovered it being that shallow and knowing we going to be backfilling it, I would be even more surprised if, at that depth, it didn’t freeze if we had another cold spell like last year.”

Good suggested the water main be reconstructed so that it’s placed further from the sewer line and laying at least 4.5 feet below the ground surface.

Good explained he wasn’t able to reach the contractor working on the project before the council meeting to find out what the extra cost might be to reconstruct the water main.

To give somewhat of an idea, Good said he was able to prepare an estimate of around $6,000-7,000 using prices based off the contractor’s bid sheet. He confirmed that it wasn’t a guaranteed estimate, but one be believed would be a fair price for the extra work involved.

“If you don’t do it, I think (the water main) will be a prime candidate for causing trouble in the future,” he added.

After a small discussion concerning how the water main was just discovered now, aldermen unanimously decided to table the matter until their next council meeting when they would have more than an estimated price for the reconstruction project.

The council will meet again on Sept. 15.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a TIF Facade Grant in the amount of $712.50 to Valley Bar and Grill.

• Agreed to amend an ordinance regulating the number of liquor licenses issued within city limits. The council has added an additional liquor license to be issued to JD’s Bar & Grill.

• Police Chief Kevin Sangston reported a speed trailer was obtained from the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office at a low cost and will be placed out as a reminder to slow down in school speed zones.

• Street Superintendent Jeff Norton reported his crew recently attended a 10-hour OSHA training. Also, Norton announced this season’s leaf pickup will begin the second week of October and run until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Leaves will be picked up on the same day as garbage pickup.

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