A sanitary sewer upgrade for Taylor Estates prompted Plain Township trustees on Jan. 18 to approve a permit system for excavation in township road rights of way.

A sanitary sewer upgrade for Taylor Estates prompted Plain Township trustees on Jan. 18 to approve a permit system for excavation in township road rights of way.

Plain Township administrator Ben Collins told trustees the problem surfaced after crews from Demmy Sand and Gravel of Springfield broke a drainage tile on East Walnut Street and water flooded into residents' yards.

Demmy is removing the wastewater treatment plant and installing a new pump station and a 4-inch sewer line connected to Columbus' sanitary sewer treatment system, said Tom Bleidorn, project manager for Stantec Consulting of Columbus. Stantec is working with Demmy on the project.

Bleidorn said it is not unusual for heavy equipment to drive over weak drainage tiles, which can break under pressure. The water that flooded residents' yards was cleaned up by Franklin County Engineer's Office, said Greg Payne, an engineer's office spokesman.

Trustees approved a permit system for road excavation that requires contractors to be bonded, which is anticipated to ensure any damages done by work in township rights of way are repaired. Collins said the bond requires $100 per linear foot of road, so if the road stretches 200 feet, a contractor would have to have $20,000 bonded for repairs.

The permit went into effect Jan. 18 after the resolution creating it was signed. Demmy now is required to obtain a permit for working on Jeannette Drive and Alice Drive, the township roads that are part of the project.

Bleidorn said the company obtained building permits from Plain Township but was unaware of the new road right-of-way permit until being informed last week.

Demmy also is required to get permits from Franklin County and Columbus for work being done on East Walnut Street, a Franklin County road, and West Albany Drive, a Columbus road.

"There are a lot of jurisdictions there and it's confusing," Bleidorn said.

On Jan. 17, the Franklin County Engineer's Office issued a stop-work order. Payne said Demmy had not received a permit to work on Walnut Street at that time.

By Jan. 19, the company had received its permit from Franklin County and was still obtaining permits from Plain Township and Columbus, Bleidorn said.

Bleidorn said the project was authorized by the Franklin County Sanitary Engineering Department.

The project is expected to be completed in July.