2017-10-08 / News

Village of St. Charles undergoes sewer cleaning

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

VILLAGE OF ST. CHARLES – Over the next couple of months, Corby Energy Services, Inc. will be in the Village of St. Charles cleaning and televising between 50 and 75 percent of the sanitary sewer and less than half of the storm sewer system. Spicer Group engineers will also be on site, oversee­ing the operation.

Village manager Matthew Lane said the work is being funded by a $498,546 grant through the state’s Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Program. The village’s match is 10 percent, which will be paid for through the village’s sewer fund.

He explained the amount of work accomplished will depend largely on the remaining grant budget for this activity and the pipe conditions. All the grant activity takes place over three years; 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Lane said, “We will be focusing on areas that have strategic significance, such as in high-flow areas, around the schools, along M-52 and the central business district. We are expecting to clean and televise less than half of the storm sewer system using the same priority guidelines, but there are many storm water assets in the village, which are controlled by either MDOT or the Saginaw County Drain Commission, that we will not be assessing.”

He said, “The goal is to identify potential future problems and deter­mine the need for future capital improvements. We will be getting an interactive mapping database which identifies the location of all of the sewer lines and manholes, their con­struction material, their age, level of deterioration and potential for failure (risk assessment). In addition, we will have access to the video footage of the lines being taken now and a 3D model of each manhole structure for both the sanitary and storm sewer systems.”

Lane wants residents to be aware that the contractor crews are working in the community and that they are working in the streets. In some cases, the crews will be accessing manholes in the right- of-way portion of residents’ yards.

Lane said, “We ask people to please be courteous and drive safely when they encounter these crews and their equip­ment. Residents may see some traffic slow-downs in the areas where crews are working. Residents may experience vibrations and noises from their drains while crews are in their neighborhood. This is normal. If residents experience strong sewer odors or back-ups, please let us know.”

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