Coon Rapids looks at sewer lining project

The city of Coon Rapids expects to spend close to a $1 million this year relining city sewers in several neighborhoods.

The Coon Rapids City Council June 18 approved plans and specifications  prepared by consulting engineer SEH, Inc., for the project and ordered advertising for bids with a contract award at the council’s Aug. 7 meeting.

Three main areas will be 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.

The 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.

Revenues for this fund 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 takes place in areas where the clay sanitary sewer pipe shows significant maintenance concerns, Himmer said.

The pipe material in the areas for the 2013 sewer lining project is clay pipe that was installed in the 1960s and 1970s, according to Himmer.

The project only includes work on the main line sanitary sewer and all segments to be relined have been televised, Himmer wrote in a report to the council.

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

“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 City Manager Steve Gatlin.

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