Council OKs bor­row­ing to help re­solve grout is­sue

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ariél Zangla azangla@free­manon­ ArielAtFree­man on Twit­ter

KINGSTON >> The city will bor­row $150,000 to pay for the de­sign of a project to re­move grout that is block­ing the Wash­ing­ton Av­enue san­i­tary sewer sys­tem, as well as to fund on­go­ing ren­tal fees for a pump sys­tem to tem­po­rar­ily by­pass the clogged sec­tion of pipe.

The Com­mon Council voted 8-0 Tues­day to bor­row the money and au­tho­rize the de­sign work for the re­pair project. The res­o­lu­tions were adopted with­out com­ment from council mem­bers.

Ma­jor­ity Leader Wil­liam Carey, D-Ward 5, was ab­sent.

Of the fund­ing, $100,000 would pay for de­sign­ing the re­pair project, which would use a high-pres­sure wa­ter jet with a ro­tary cut­ting tool to re­move the grout block­ing the sewer sys­tem. It also would pay to so­licit bids from com­pa­nies that could per­form the re­pair project, which is ex­pected to cost more than $1 mil­lion.

The re­main­ing $50,000 would be used to pay for the by­pass pump­ing sys­tem.

The grout block­age oc­curred dur­ing the project to re­pair the sink­hole that opened on Wash­ing­ton Av­enue in April 2011. Dur­ing the re­pair, grout some­how pen­e­trated a new sewer lin­ing, block­ing a por­tion of the pipe.

Ti­mothy Moot, a prin­ci­pal with the firm Clark Pat­ter­son Lee, told the council’s Fi­nance and Au­dit Com­mit­tee last month that the high-pres­sure jet re­pair was one of sev­eral op­tions his firm ex­plored. He said the re­pair is es­ti­mated to cost be­tween $1.1 mil­lion and $1.3 mil­lion.

The city pre­vi­ously tried to jet the grout out of the pipe but did so from a greater dis­tance than now is be­ing pro­posed, Moot said. He said the closer the equip­ment is to the block­age, the more pres­sure can be gen­er­ated.

City En­gi­neer Ralph Swen­son told the Fi­nance and Au­dit Com­mit­tee that it costs the city about $7,250 per month to rent the by­pass pump. He said money the council pre­vi­ously ap­proved for the ren­tal is nearly ex­hausted but the new fund­ing would cover the cost for the next sev­eral months.

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