Coon Rapids OKs sewer relining program

by Peter Bodley
Managing Editor

A $1 million sanitary sewer relining program is planned by the city of Coon Rapids this year.

Plans and specifications for the work have been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council and bids have been ordered, which will come back to the council for a contract award at its March 20 meeting.

SEH Inc., the consulting engineering firm, was hired by the council to prepare the plans and specifications as well as to complete and submit the necessary permit application to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

This year’s sewer relining program will be in four areas of the city, two large segments and two small areas, including Ninth Avenue, the border street with the city of Anoka, which is reconstructing the street this summer.

Three of the areas are located in the western portion of the city and one in the south.

Sewer relining has been an ongoing project of the city for several years.

“Sections of our sanitary sewer system, generally in the older neighborhoods, have shown significant maintenance difficulties due to root intrusion and open joints,” said Steve Gatlin, city public services director.

Pipe material is generally clay pipe and was installed in the 1960s and 1970s, according to Gatlin.

The project will only include work on the main line sanitary sewer, Gatlin said.

“All segments to be relined have been televised,” he said.

“Where we have noticed apparent service problems with roots, the homeowners have been notified.

“It has been suggested that the homeowners have their service line cleaned prior to the beginning of the relining project.”

A decision was made by the council when the sewer relining program began, that the city would not be involved in work on private sanitary sewer lines, only the main line in the street, according to Gatlin.

“If homeowners have the desire to have their service reconstructed or relined, we will provide a list of reputable contractors who do this type of work,” Gatlin said.

SEH has estimated the cost of the sewer relining to be $1,020,000 and when the cost of SEH’s work is factored in the total price tag is in $1.1 million range.

The sanitary sewer utility fund has $1.25 million in its 2012 budget for this project, Gatlin said.

The fund derives its revenues from the quarterly utility bills paid by property owners.

The project is not paid out of the city’s general fund and the property tax levy.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]