Pickerington Times-Sun

Pickerington expected to seek special loan for sewer project

By MICHAEL HAYES
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Pickerington is about to undertake a large-scale sanitary sewer line expansion this summer.

City Council is scheduled to hear a third reading of an ordinance at its next meeting Tuesday, April 16, that, if approved, will authorize City Manager Bill Vance to apply for Water Pollution Control Loan Funds for what is called the Sycamore East Relief Sewer Line Project.

City Engineer Greg Bachman said the project is another example of Pickerington outgrowing its aging infrastructure.

"We've got a major sanitary sewer pipe that goes to the Wastewater Treatment Plant that has become undersized as the city has grown," Bachman said.

"The project replaces that pipe with a much larger pipe," said Bachman.

He said the project aims to double the current sewer line capacity.

"The purpose of the project is to replace the undersized existing sanitary trunk sewer that runs along Sycamore Creek from Victory Park to the Wastewater Treatment Plant on Hill Road South," Bachman said.

"The new sewer will replace the existing 15-inch diameter pipe with a 30-inch diameter pipe," he said.

Bachman said the new sewer will also be located slightly further away from Sycamore Creek, "reducing the amount of possible inflow and infiltration into the sewer."

The estimated construction cost of the Sycamore Creek East Relief Sewer Line Project is tabbed at $1.8 million.

"The city will be applying for a low interest rate WPCLF loan," Bachman said.

"The loan will be paid back by sanitary sewer user fees," said Bachman.

Construction on the project is slated to commence late this Summer and be completed by next Spring.

Pickerington City Council voted 4-1 April 2 to approve and accept an easement granted from C3 Church Assembly of God for the project.

"The sanitary sewer route is across the C3 Church property," Bachman said.

He told City Council that he is currently working on two additional easements for the project.

Bachman said the completion of the project is essential in order to provide optimum utility services to Pickerington residents in the future.

"The existing sanitary sewer is near capacity," he said.

"Approximately half of the city is served by this trunk sewer.

"If the city does not do this project, the chance of sewer backups and overflows is greatly increased," Bachman said.

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