The Board of Public Work and Safety met Wednesday morning for its last meeting of March and discussed sewer work at Jackson and Epworth streets.
Lindsey Glover, project manager for HWC Engineering, was on hand to give some background on the work that needs to be done.
"Back in 2006, we had worked with the city to look at potentially doing something at the intersection of Jackson and Epworth to install two manholes to cross connect the existing pipe that runs down Epworth to a manhole and then connect it to a new manhole to be installed on Jackson," Glover said. "About a month ago, I got with Brad Barrett (Barrett's Excavating) and asked him to go look at that again and figure out the feasibility of him doing that."
Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said it was realized the area was not in compliance because the sewer system of the homes in that area is flowing into the storm water.
Glover said she had Barrett put together the prices to run an all-new sewer system to alleviate future concerns.
"You'll have five homes that will be connected to it," Glover said. "... The north end at Jackson and Epworth will connect to an existing manhole, then (Barrett is) going to run an 8-inch line south along Epworth on the west side of the street and reconnect those four homes and then add a sump pump and a new sewer connection for the home at the far south end.
"Then we'll add a new manhole at the south end that will allow for other connections to be added. I think the Breitweiser (Brazil Family Medicine) connection will pump into that."
Glover said Barrett Excavating is scheduled to do some work in that same area and time for Breitweiser Family Medicine, which will actually prove to be cost efficient for the city since he will already be mobilized to that area.
She said Barrett's quote for the project was $15,000 and she is confident it would be a little higher if he weren't already doing work in that area.
"One thing (Barrett) wanted me to reiterate was that this does not include cost to replace asphalt," Glover said. "The only asphalt replacement we expect to see on this is where he would have to cut the pavement to install the new connection, lateral from the homes across the street."
Glover said she has already talked with Dan Hedden, CPA, H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, the firm that helps with the city's finances, and there is $149,000 for capital improvements in the budget that can be used to fund the project, which could be started soon.
"Brad (Barrett) said if he got authorization to proceed he could start as soon as a week and a half (because) he would need one week to order the manholes," Glover said, "but he's got some of the piping already ... and he should be able to get it complete within a week."
However, the board stated there was no concrete start date for the work at this time.
Board Member Linda Messmer asked if this was something that had to be done now.
"You either have to do it now or (Indiana Department of Environmental Management, IDEM) will force you to do it later with the potential for fines," Glover answered.
Messmer made the motion to award the contract to Barrett's Excavating to replace approximately 320 feet of 8-inch sewer main, set a manhole, connect five sewer taps, install a sump pump in the basement and install a new sewer line from the a house out to a new sewer main.
The cost of the project is $15,000 and includes pipe, manhole, all fittings and rock to backfill road, but does not include cost to replace asphalt.
The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
The Board of Public Work and Safety meets regularly the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m., at Brazil City Hall.