Main Street Sewer Lateral Replacement

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Closed Circuit Televised Video (CCTV) Inspections

In March 2020, the City's underground utilities department completed CCTV inspections of the sewer laterals on Main Street between Spring Street and Pine Street. This is in preparation for the City's downtown sidewalk improvement project.

City underground utility staff graded each lateral on a 5-point scale, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. Based on these inspections of 28 sewer lateral lines, 26 of the laterals received a rating of 3 or less. Of these degraded laterals, staff found some of the following issues: large bellies in pipes collecting water, holes in pipes, cracked pipes, root intrusion, deterioration from sewer gas, offsets, lips and separation at joints, and lots of debris.

The City's CCTV inspections are available to property owners if they wish to see. Property owners may also seek CCTV inspections from a licensed contractor.

To inquire for a copy of your CCTV inspection performed in March of 2020, please contact Public Works with the building address you are inquiring about.


Financing Options

Sewer lateral replacement can be costly depending upon the number of sewer lateral lines one owns, and their length from the sewer main. Replacing sewer lateral lines is not a regular expense and has been neglected by many for some time. Recognizing that costs for the improvements may be significant, the City Council has approved a financial assistance program to property owners with small to medium-sized, zero percent interest loans, to be paid back in installments over a period of five years recorded against the property and, if desired, collected on the property tax roll. The City is hopeful this will facilitate your ability to expedite replacement and/or repair.

On January 26, 2021, City Council increased the original loan from $7,500 to $15,000. Work must be completed on or before July 31, 2021, for property owners to take advantage of this zero % interest loan. 

For questions about financing options, please email Mandy Kellogg

The Department of Public Works is encouraging all property owners affected by this project to replace their private sewer laterals before the downtown sidewalk construction begins as replacing or repairing the degraded sewer laterals after project construction will increase costs considerably for the property owner.

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