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City engineer offers sewer repair options

POULSBO — In assessing all possible alternatives for improving the city’s wastewater system, Project Engineer Andrezj Kasiniak and staff looked at six options before making their final recommendation to the city council Wednesday.

The solutions explored included: doing nothing; replacing the sewage line between the Lindvig Pump Station and Marine Science Center Pump Station; refurbishing the inside of that same line; installing a force main between the Lindvig and MSC pump stations along Front Street; or expediting the completion of the planned Bond Road Pump Station, State Route 305 Force Main and Bond Road Force Main.

“We could rebuild the whole system on Front Street, so we wouldn’t have to go along the beach,” Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln told the council’s public works committee Wednesday night, noting that high density plastic pipe could work in that situation.

However, the preferred alternative is to move ahead with the completion of the Bond Road Pump Station, SR 305 Force Main and Bond Road Force Main, Lincoln said.

“What I don’t like about this is this takes longer to implement,” Lincoln said.

The good news about the proposed solution is that it’s already in the city’s comprehensive plan and the Bond Road station has already been designed and is ready for construction, Kasiniak told the committee, noting that the other alternatives were not in plan.

The SR 305 force main and Bond Road station are being built by First Western Development as part of an impact mitigation plan for the Olhava development, he said.

While those two projects are ready to move forward as soon as property issues surrounding the Bond Road location are resolved, the Bond Road Force Main still has to be designed and should be ready for construction within a year, Kasiniak said.

“The Bond Road Force Main can be built in order to provide, in my opinion and Jeff’s opinion, the most flexible system,” he said, noting that an overflow pipe would be installed in the Bond Road Pump Station as well.

Councilman Dale Rudolph expressed his appreciation of the staff’s work and pointed to some of the advantages of the proposed solution.

“It’s carrying out the plan (and) provides opportunities for flexibility and redundancy and is fast to implement,” Rudolph commented.

Councilwoman Kathryn Quade then asked about the siting of the pump station on the Vetter Road right of way instead of the Bond Road right of way.

The city staff had met with property owners affected by the project earlier that afternoon, Lincoln said, and explained the entire project and reasons for the Vetter Road location.

“We can’t make everybody happy but for the amount of time and money spent, I think this is the best solution we (came) up with,” Lincoln said.

While no system is 100 percent fail-proof, the city is working to make it as fail-proof as possible, he said.

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