ST. JOHN | More water mains will be replaced this year in two areas of town, members of the Board of Water Works have been told.
Town Manager Steve Kil reported that water mains will be replaced at Columbia Avenue and 90th Street and along U.S. 41 from St. John Mall going north. The 12-inch mains will replace older infrastructure that could fail and cause flooding or even sinkholes, he said.
Water main breakdowns along Olcott Avenue last year led to the replacement in a large area of the street, Kil said. However, the remaining sections of Olcott Avenue will be too expensive to work on with funds available this year, he said.
“There are more driveways and more sidewalks (that would have to be dug up and replaced),” Kil said. “This is more expensive than we can get to this year.”
He also reported that all the fire hydrants listed as needing repairs are fully functioning.
“The fire chief (Fred Willman) checked them all,” Kil said.
In other business, the Board of Water Works voted not to waive sanitary sewer changes for a residence at 10321 Bailey St. that had been requested by M&M Development.
“We’ve had several of these like this,” Kil said. “Typically we never grant the waiver. The water was used. They need to pay their bill.”