UTICA — A sewer manhole rehabilitation experiment took place near Southend Park in Utica on Monday. Culy Contracting of Winchester, Ind., performed a high-speed spinning process which places a cement lining on the inside of the manhole to provide stabilization.
Utica Village Administrator Glen Richards stated that the next phase of a sanitary sewer improvement project involves the lining of existing sewer lines, and either the lining or replacement of manholes.
“I was really impressed. I think it is a good process and a cost-effective process,” Richards said. “This process is warranted for 15 to 20 years.”
Richards hopes this rehab process will be able to be used on other manholes in the village.
New council member
Utica Mayor Lester Grennell has appointed Clinton White as the newest member of Utica Village Council, replacing James Quinif. White was unable to attend the February monthly meeting due to a family emergency. He has served on the Utica Board of Zoning Appeals and will be welcomed at the next council meeting on March 21.
Final acceptance of the retention ponds at Honeybrook Green was approved at the recent council meeting, and the village will now assume responsibility of the housing development. This comes after five years of negotiations to receive approval of the retention ponds and park area. All standards are now said to be in compliance, and the work was completed by Law Excavating of St. Louisville.
“We have been taking care of everything except cutting the grass on the community properties,” Grennell said. “We’ve been taking care of the street and doing snow removal. The only thing this will change is there’s going to be a little more grass to cut.”
Water line leaks
A loss of village water has reportedly been the result of water line leaks in the village. Richards said Wednesday that a leak was detected on South Main Street. Crews will soon be performing repairs on this leak. A sound meter, which can detect running water, can be placed on hydrants to help signal areas of interest. Richards hopes the leak on South Main Street is the source of water loss.
Grennell added he is anxious for spring weather to fully arrive so that work can resume on projects at Miller Park.