Denver to save by doing its own sewer repairs
BY ALICE HUMMER, Correspondent
Denver Borough will realize major savings by having its public works department excavate and replace 675 feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer main along Lancaster Avenue and Fasnacht Drive.
Additional savings will accrue as borough workers replace limited sections of the sewer main from Fasnacht Drive to the South Fourth Street sewer lift station.
"The borough budgeted $54,500 for sanitary sewer repairs to these street sections," said Mike Hession, borough manager, adding that engineering quotes were more than double that amount.
"Our workers have this experience," Director of Public Works George Whetsel said. "We need a trench box to be able to safely reach the pipes and do the work. The work is 12 to 13 feet below the surface in some places."
Hession said previous work below the surface was dangerous because of potential cave-ins at the base.
A trench box costs $8,500 and will be used for other borough work. Projected budget costs for the sewer line repairs include approximately $31,000 in material and equipment and and estimated $12,500 for labor.
At their meeting March 25, borough council members expressed appreciation to Whetsel and his crew for taking on the major repair, which is in addition to seasonal work, such as mowing, pool and playground maintenance, and street work.
"What might not get done by doing this project?" council member Blake Daub asked.
"It (the sewer work) will tie up a chunk of the summer," Whetsel said. "We still have to take care of the filter plant and service the pumps every day. It might postpone some other things getting done over the summer, like macadam. It will save a lot of money."
In other business, council:
n Approved the same Denver Community Pool rates as last year.
"We felt with the economy the way it is, we did not want to raise the rates," Walter Fink, council president, said. Pool memberships are available at the borough hall, during regular hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.
n Authorized the council president or vice-president to execute the 2013-14 memorandum of understanding with the the Lancaster County Conservation District. The purpose is to control accelerated erosion and minimize sediment pollution to the state's waters.
n Authorized Hession to place the eight logo contest entries received, plus the current logo, in the next community newsletter for residents to vote on. Entries will be displayed on Denver's website. Paper balloting will avoid multiple electronic votes and voting by nonresidents. The contest is seeking a new logo for the borough.
n Approved closing a section of Orange Alley on Walnut Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 13 for a public sale.
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