Unplugging the same clogged sewer line has become a twice-a-week routine for the Kane borough Streets Department.
Now the Kane Borough Sewer Authority is considering the replacement of a section of this line that serves the Kane Community Hospital and other customers.
Mike Beane, foreman of the Streets Department, gave a report Monday at the authority meeting at the borough building. He said between 180 feet and 200 feet of the line on Park Avenue Extension needs to be replaced. He said at least 40 feet of the eight-inch tile pipe is “packed with roots” from nearby trees.
Beane said the sewer line backs up “twice a week” and is unplugged by the Streets Department.
“Is it an emergency?” Mayor Doug Caldwell, a member of the authority, asked.
“It’s going to be,” Beane replied.
Phil Lingenfelter, the foreman of the sewage treatment plants in Kane, wondered whether the use of chemicals would “kill roots” that are clogging the line.
Beane said the use of root-killing chemicals would be “like putting a Band-Aid on a bicycle tire.” He said the use of a root-cutting machine also wouldn’t help alleviate the problem in the long run.
“The line needs replaced,” Beane said.
Caldwell said the authority should have cost estimates before the board considers a line replacement project.
“I’m not voting to approve it without a number on it,” the mayor said. He said the “people who take care of the infrastructure” should provide the board with the cost estimates.
“We have to know what it’s going to cost,” Lingenfelter said. “We don’t know if it costs $10,000 or $50,000.”
Beane and Lingenfelter are expected to confer and contact KLH engineers of Pittsburgh to develop a cost estimate for the line replacement work. KLH is the consulting engineering firm for the authority.
In other business at the 100-minute meeting, the authority:
*Agreed to obtain a cost estimate for repairing a sewer line that serves Rite Aid and Tops supermarket.
*Agreed to amend its “articles of incorporation” to make it easier to fill vacancies on the five-member board.
Since 1994, the authority members have included four Kane residents appointed by the Kane Borough Council and one Wetmore Township resident appointed by the Wetmore Township Board of Supervisors.
The amendment would enable council to appoint three Kane borough residents and a fourth member from either the borough or the township. The township would continue to appoint one township resident.
The amendment needs the approval of council and the Wetmore supervisors.
*Approved a plan to upgrade the alarm system for the sewage pumping stations in the township. The cost is $1,218.40. The contractor is Keyless and Camera of Kane.
*Voted 4-1 to endorse an agreement for the annual maintenance of the pump stations. The cost is $2,700. The quote is from Kappe Associates of Frederick, Md.
Dave Peterson, chairman of the authority, joined with members Frank Wojcik, Lingenfelter and Howard Kane to approve the agreement. Caldwell cast the lone negative vote.
See full article by purchasing the May 23 edition of The Kane Republican.
When: Monday, July 16
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Borough building, Bayard Street