C’Burg sewer divided into ‘sheds’

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager/Editor

The work to get a full assessment of the Campbellsburg sewer system continues — in an effort to focus its efforts, Carrollton Utilities has divided Campbellsburg sewer system into seven “sewer sheds.”

Doing so, CU Manager Bill Osborn told the Campbellsburg City Council Monday night, will allow the company to narrow down just where some of the system’s problems are. And the area around Campbellsburg Elementary School has a few problems, including leaking manholes, among other things.

During what Osborn called extensive investigation into the lines, CU found water infiltration, though he said the problems were not in the main lines, but the connecting lateral lines.

One line in particular he said, ran to one house from in the elementary school sewer shed, and then four other homes were supplied off of that lateral. “Someone ran a lateral over to connect a house, and kept connecting off of that,” he said. Were it not for leaks, Osborne said CU likely would leave that situation alone.

“It’s part of the infiltration problem,” he said. “We found a lot of standing water over (in the school area). It could be that the sewer is seeping out of the ground at times, rather than going into the mains, because it was backed up.”

Given the amount of standing water, the lines likely will need to be replaced.

Council member Rex Morgan asked who would bear responsibility in doing so — the city, homeowners or CU. In Louisville, Osborne replied, the city assumed the responsibility of taking on similar repairs in an effort to comply with EPA guidelines.

“That’s a decision for you all to make,” he said, and declined to speculate on when the unorthodox connections happened or who made them.

“These connections were made and somebody said it was okay, or nobody ever looked at it,” Osborne said.

The elementary school’s sewer shed is one of four CU has identifed as bad, and leaks — particularly water seeping into the system —are a serious problem. As an example, Morgan pointed out, when the snow and ice melted recently, the amount of wastewater coming through the treatment facility quadrupled.

Osborne will return to next month’s council meeting with a more detailed report on the sewer system.

Also during Monday night’s council meeting, the council passed two resolutions allowing CU and it’s attorney to file temporary condemnation orders against two property owners who, at that point, were refusing to grant easements. CU attorney Ed James and Campbellsburg City Attorney Joe Yates indicated the measure will be used because CU and the owners are unable to come to an agreement regarding the easements. “(CU) is going to have to file condemnation suits to take the property and let the court decide what the price is,” Yates told the council.

Osborne said CU simply needed a temporary easement on one property to gain access to the sewer lines, and an easement on another property because the sewer line runs down the property line.

James said he notified one of the property owners by letter that, in the event an agreement could not be reached, the condemnation suit would be filed.

Osborne said both properties are near the commerce park.


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