CROWN POINT — The city has some cleaning to do.
Albert Stong, president of Commonwealth Engineers, Inc., recently showed Board of Works members photos from a sewer south of Greenwood Avenue, revealing the sewer has offset pipes that have cracks, allowing rainwater to penetrate the pipe causing overflow.
“We know that south of Greenwood Avenue when it rains the flows exceed 30 to 50 times that during dry weather,” Stong said.
Stong said Bloodhound, a sewer televising company, will be in the city for two weeks to televise the sewers in the combined sewer overflow (CSO) location No. 5 — near Greenwood Avenue.
The first day Bloodhound was in Crown Point revealed why the city is having issues, Stong said.
Photos from a sewer beneath Williams Drive show there are cracks in the pipe, roots invading the pipe and even missing pipe, which Stong said could be because the pipes are made of clay.
“We’re pretty excited about what we found, and we think we have a high probability of being able to fix the issue in a fairly economical fashion in that area,” he said.
While the roots have since been removed by public works employees, the televising is the beginning of the city's Army Corps. of Engineers CSO project.
Stong also updated board members on the city’s water project, which is now in its second phase.
Contractors are continuing to work on the Kaiser Park water tank over the winter, since the weather has been unseasonably warm.
Money is left over in the budget, since funds were allocated for unsuitable soil, Stong said. Once he has confirmation from the contractor, the plan might incorporate pickleball courts in the project, he added.
“Everything is going fairly smoothly on the water side and (on the) wastewater side we’re making progress,” Stong said.
Board member Bob Clemons asked for an update on the second phase of the water service line project.
Stong said contractors are still in the process of contacting property owners and inspecting connections. If work hasn’t yet started, it should begin shortly, he added.