Denver Council gets ready for sewer repairs

By on April 3, 2013

By: ALICE HUMMER Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Citizens in Denver will realize major savings by using the expertise of their own public works department to excavate and replace 675 feet of eight-inch sanitary sewer main along Lancaster Avenue and Fasnacht Drive.

Additional savings will accrue as borough workers replace limited sections of sewer main from Fasnacht Drive to the South 4th Street sewer lift station identified with either “an offset and/or a sag.”

“The borough budgeted $54,500 for sanitary sewer repairs to these street sections,” Mike Hession, Borough manager, said. Engineering quotes received more than doubled the budgeted costs.

“Our workers have this experience. We need a trench box to be able to safely reach the pipes and do the work. The work is 12 to 13 feet below the surface in some places,” director of public works, George Whetsel said, having done this type of work previously.

Hession noted previous work below the surface was dangerous due to possible cave-ins at the base. A trench box costs $8,500 and will be used for other borough work.

Projected budget costs for the borough completing the sewer line repair project include approximately $31,000 in material and equipment and estimated borough staff work time of $12,500.

Council members at the March 25th meeting expressed appreciation to Whetsel, and his crew for taking on this major repair in addition to other extra seasonal work, such as mowing, pool and playground maintenance, and street work.

“What might not get done by doing this project?” asked council member, Blake Daub.

“It (the sewer work) will tie up a chunk of the summer,” Whetsel said. “We still have to take care of the filter plant and service the pumps every day. It might postpone some other things getting done over the summer, like macadam. It will save a lot of money.”

In other business, Denver Council:

?Approved the same Denver Community Pool rates as last year.

“We felt with the economy the way it is,” Walter Fink, Council President said, “we did not want to raise the rates.” Pool memberships are only available at the borough hall, during regular Monday-Friday hours.

?Authorized the council president or vice-president to execute the 2013-2014 Memorandum of Understanding with the the Lancaster County Conservation District (LCCD). The purpose is to control accelerated erosion and minimize sediment pollution to the state’s waters.

?Authorized Hession to place the eight logo contest entries received, plus the current logo in the next community newsletter for residents to vote. Entries will be displayed on Denver’s website. Paper balloting will avoid multiple electronic votes and voting by non-residents.

?Approved closing a section of Orange Alley on Walnut Street, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a public sale at 621 Walnut.

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