Times Staff Reporter
CARBON -- After trying to make their small town a better place for several years, the Carbon Town Board announced the Storm Water Drainage Project is days away from starting.
"We're so excited that it's actually starting," Board President Josephine Rightsell told The Brazil Times Friday after a preconstruction conference at the Town Hall.
Board members met with representatives from Ladd Engineering Firm, Inc., Campbell's Excavating, Inc. and several various utility companies to discuss the $901,000 project.
Approximately 300-350 customers are affected when the current clay tile drainage system that was designed in the 1900s is unable to remove standing water, which causes a mosquito problem during warmer months.
On Aug. 22, providing materials are available, officials expect construction to begin.
According to officials, the storm water detention/holding pond will be built on land purchased by the town on the east side of Inv Street.
The installation of underground pipes and custom made structures will take place around the town to help divert excess storm water away from homes and roadways after heavy rains to the pond, then the water will be slowly diverted again southwest of the town through another series of drainage pipes.
Although construction is expected to take place throughout the town during the next six months to a year, board members and construction representatives are working to make sure that residents will be inconvenienced as little as possible.
Rightsell said that construction would only be on property owned by the town, not on any property owned by local residents.
Most of the project should be completed by Jan. 19, 2009, with the final competition date expected for May 19, 2009.
Due to the first Monday in September being a holiday, the Carbon Town Board announced their monthly meeting would take place at the normal time on the Tuesday following Labor Day.