Coon Rapids plans to spend close to $1 million on sewer relining

The city of Coon Rapids spends close to a $1 million a year relining city sewers.

The Coon Rapids City Council has accepted a proposal from SEH, Inc. to provide engineering for this year’s services in the amount of not to exceed $66,700.

SEH will prepare a preliminary design report, construction plans and specifications as well as assist the city in bidding and handle inspection services during construction.

Three main areas are included in the 2013 project:

• Area south of Coon Rapids Boulevard and west of Round Lake Boulevard to the border with Anoka.

• Riverview area south of Coon Rapids Boulevard and west of Hanson Boulevard not part of the 2008 relining project. It includes a portion of Mississippi Boulevard.

• Area north of Northdale Boulevard east of Crooked Lake Boulevard and west of Wren Street to Highway 10. The segment of Northdale is included.

Estimated cost of the sewer relining work is $980,000.

There has been $1.2 million in set aside in the 2013 sewer utility fund budget for the project, where revenues come from the quarterly utility bills paid by Coon Rapids property owners.

Work will begin in late summer with completion in the fall, according to Public Works Director Tim Himmer.

Sewer relining has been an ongoing capital improvement program of the city since 2008.

Lining will be done in areas where the clay sanitary sewer pipe shows significant maintenance concerns, Himmer said.

Root intrusion and open joints are the main issues with the clay pipes installed in the 1960s and 1970s, according to City Manager Steve Gatlin, the city’s former public services director.

The project only includes work on the main line sanitary sewer and all segments to be relined have been televised, Gatlin said.

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

“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.