The city of Bexley will need to repair or replace the majority of its aging water and sewer lines over the next 25 years and city officials say they must begin preparing for the multi-million dollar price tag now.
During their May 22 meeting, city Service Director Bill Harvey told Bexley council members that most of the water and sewer lines date to between the 1920s to 1940s. They have an average life span of only 80 to 100 years, Harvey said.
"In the next 25 to 30 years, realistically most of these lines are going to have to be replaced," Harvey said.
Although his office hasn't sought comprehensive cost estimates, the project likely will cost tens of millions, Harvey said.
Bexley is awaiting results of sewer-line testing that is required of many central Ohio communities by the Environmental Protection Agency. The city recently conducted tests on a portion of the city sewer lines and will complete testing on the remaining lines next year.
Bexley will be required to identify problems and submit a plan to the EPA for rectifying it by February 2014, Harvey said.
"Every suburb's in the same boat, and obviously, Columbus is in the same situation," Harvey said.
In other business, Mayor Ben Kessler declared May 22, 2012, as Tom Lennox and Pelotonia Day.
Lennox is a cancer survivor and founder of Pelotonia, the cycling event that raises money for the Arthur G. James Comprehensive Cancer Center at Ohio State University.
Lennox visited the council session to talk about Team Bexley, a peloton comprising dozens of city residents.
In the four years since Pelotonia started, Team Bexley has raised more than $2.5 million for cancer research, making it one of the largest noncorporate teams in the event.
As of press time, Team Bexley has raised more than $44,000 for this year's Pelotonia, set for Aug. 10-12.
For more information on joining or donating to Team Bexley, visit pelotonia.org, contact team captain Tim Madison at 614-783-0271, or email team co-captain Susanne Kondracke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next city council meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. June 12 at City Hall, 2242 E. Main St.