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July 17, 2014

Sewer project wraps up in October

MOULTON — The Moulton City Council Monday, July 7 held a public hearing at 6 p.m. related to the funded Community Development Block Grant and progress for the sanitary sewer improvements.

Comments were shared by Nichole L. Moore, executive director with Chariton Valley Planning and Development Council.

According to Garden & Associates preliminary engineering report for the sanitary sewer rehabilitation, construction and operation costs to complete wastewater system improvements are aimed at eliminating sources of inflow and infiltration in certain parts of town.

Repeatedly since 2008, inflow and infiltration into the sewer system has caused the treatment facilities to exceed capacity. The treatment facility has the hydraulic capacity to serve a population of 1,700.

The wastewater sewer mains serve 272 customers.

The city’s existing wastewater collection system was built in the 1920s and consists of 32,600 feet of vitrified clay pipe sewer main and approximately 4,100 feet of polyvinyl chloride sewer main.

Selected portions of the old vitrified clay pipe sewer main were lined with cured-in-place-pipe, which eliminated sources of inflow into the collection system. Now the treatment facilities will be able to work more effectively.

The improvements being made are considered long-term solutions and the life of the improvements should outlive the financing period.

The project is expected to cost approximately $640,000, with $300,000 of it coming from CDBG funding. An additional $340,000 has been secured as local commitment through other loans and grants with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Up to this point, the city has used $217,273 from CDBG funding and $291,213 of local commitment for the improvements.

The first division of the wastewater sewer system improvements project was substantially completed by Cedar Rapids-based Save Our Sewers, Inc. in December of 2013.

Division two was projected to be substantially complete by June of this year but the contractor for this portion, O’Fallon, Mo.-based SAK Construction, has yet to reach that level. SAK is still responsible for work items to be completed.

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