Reynoldsburg City Council's service and finance committees approved two contracts Monday for sanitary sewer and storm water projects, both expected to begin in late August.

Reynoldsburg City Council's service and finance committees approved two contracts Monday for sanitary sewer and storm water projects, both expected to begin in late August.

Both will be sent to the full council Monday for approval.

Reynoldsburg-based Dreier Maller Inc. submitted the lowest bid of $72,962 to take video surveillance of and evaluate 215,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines throughout the city in order to meet Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

City engineer Jim Miller said he estimated the project would cost $91,000.

"The bids came in mostly between $80,000 and $95,000 for the most part," Miller said.

"Dreier Maller was chosen is because they were the lowest, and being Reynoldsburg-based is probably why, because they don't have all the commuting expense for all that big equipment," he said.

The EPA is asking municipalities to sign an agreement requiring them to evaluate and identify deficiencies in their sewer systems within three years.

Miller said crews will drop a video camera into a manhole; the camera is then navigated through the sewer lines, recording the inside conditions of the eight-inch pipes.

The video captured will be transferred to a DVD and sent to Miller, who will determine the condition of the pipes.

This first phase of the project in August will span 44,791 lineal feet of sanitary sewer line throughout the Brookside and old Briarcliff subdivisions.

Miller said the city has between 700,000 and 800,000 feet of sewer pipe and 215,000 feet of it is considered troublesome or high-maintenance.

Downing Construction of Baltimore, Ohio, submitted the low bid of $131,297 for the storm water contract.

Miller had estimated the work would cost just over $140,000.

The storm water projects involve restoration of two pedestrian bridges, one that runs across the French Run stream near French Run Drive and the other over Dysar Ditch located near Wind River Drive.

"The stream banks on French Run and Dysar Ditch are eroding," he said. "We're doing this project to protect pedestrian foot bridges. If the stream erodes sufficiently enough, the supports for the bridges can erode away and the bridge could fall, so this is bridge protection."

Miller said neither bridge will be closed during the restoration process.

He said both the sanitary sewer televising and cleaning and the storm water projects will begin in late August and may take approximately 60 days to complete.

Council is expected to approve the contracts at its July 28 meeting, after which members will be on recess for the month of August. Meetings will resume Sept. 8.