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Harlan Council discusses sewer repairs

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

January 14, 2014

Harlan City Council took advantage of a relatively short regular council meeting Monday to discuss a few issues involving water and sewer.


Mayor Danny Howard mentioned the city had received a bill for recent repairs to a Harlan city sewer pumping station in Rio Vista which broke down in August.


“That was declared an emergency to get that repaired,” said Howard. “They did have the materials in stock and they started that day after we got it uncovered … that’s the reason the Rio Vista station is running today.”


Howard said he had spoken with a representative at the Center for Rural Development about the issue.


“He assures me he is working on putting all that together, he had been calling and asking some questions,” said Howard. “It takes a little time to get things through rural development. They’ve got a lot of paperwork that they want done, so we’re working on that.”


Councilman Croley Forester asked city engineer Leo Miller what work had been done to the pump station.


“We replaced the pedestal that the two intake valves sit on, we replaced the pipes that had corroded out and two valves that go in that pump station,” said Miller.


Howard added workers had to drill through a section of the pump station.


“We had to go through the wall of the wet well, which meant drilling that out, putting pipe back in it and re-caulking that to where it will be stable,” said Howard. “When the pumps kick on there’s a lot of pressure on those pipes.”


Forester then asked about a recent waterline break that resulted in a water leak near the Woodland Plaza Shopping Center.


“Cawood Water (District) has had a lot of breaks in their main line feeding Catrons Creek,” said Howard.


Miller added Cawood Water District is currently replacing the old PVC line with metal line.


Miller stated the work being done by the Cawood Water District did not involve the Harlan Municipal Water Works.


In other council activity:


* City Attorney Scott Lisenbee advised a case involving an alleged fall had been set for trial in July;


* City Treasurer Charles Guyn advised approximately $163,000 in property taxes had been collected in December.


Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, extl 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com