05 26 2015

Funding In Place For Sewer Project

By David Kapitan
Staff Writer
Nearly a year after learning that a sewer line running underneath Fourth Street had collapsed, the city of Wills Point has finally received the necessary funding to move forward on a repair project.
The need for a repair project first came to light in early November 2011, when a section of north Fourth Street in downtown was closed to traffic for a several days. At the time, workers discovered at least 240 feet of collapsed sewer line lies underground on north Fourth Street, running from the south most lane of US Highway 80 to just south of the Rose Monument.
Sewage that ran through the collapsed line was diverted to an auxiliary line that runs along James Street. That line crosses the railroad tracks and ties into the main line near the Veterans Memorial on Highway 80.
Months of work on the project resulted in the city receiving a series of bids on repairs at its September and, eventually, October meetings.
Allen Ross of Schaumberg and Polk, Inc., advised city council members in October that repairs done using mostly directional drilling would be the city’s best and cheapest option at an estimated cost of $308,442.
On October 23, the city closed on a Community Resource Group Loan for $188,500. The Wills Point EDC also voted last week to help cover the difference in repairs.
The city is currently in a holding pattern, pending the selected company acquiring the necessary permits and bonds. Once started, work on the project would run approximately 60 days.

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