Council OKs $40,000 fix for sewer damaged during flood

Port pool parking lot will have to be torn up
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

n Tuesday, with the blessing of the Board of Public Works, agreed to allow Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven to hire Kip Gulseth Construction Co. to repair a storm sewer damaged in the Aug. 27 flood without seeking bids for the work.

The work in the parking lot at the Pirates Hollow Waterpark on Webster Street, which is expected to cost $40,000, could begin as soon as Monday, Vanden Noven said.

“We have a rather large sinkhole in the parking lot we’re eager to get repaired,” he said.

Ninety feet of corrugated metal pipe leading from the manhole to the outfall on Sauk Creek need to be replaced after the pipe collapsed during the storm, Vanden Noven said.

The metal pipe will be replaced by a concrete structure, he said.

Vanden Noven said he had considered simply repairing the damaged section of pipe and lining the remainder of the outfall, but was told after an inspection by VisuSewer — the city’s lining contractor — that wouldn’t work.

The line is needed, he said, because it handles a significant amount of drainage in the area.

While the area was prone to flooding, work done to the system in 2003 changed that, Vanden Noven said.

The damaged portion of pipe was the only portion of that system that wasn’t touched at that time, he said.

It took the city almost two weeks to be able to inspect the damaged pipe because of the rain and the amount of water that flowed through the outfall, Vanden Noven said.

It should take Gulseth’s five-man crew about five days to complete the project, he said.

The cost of the project will be paid from the 2018-19 street improvement borrowing, Vanden Noven said, adding some of the funds may be reimbursed if the county receives FEMA funding for storm damage.

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