Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Basehor sewer line needs immediate repair, Council told

June 4, 2003

A deteriorated sewer line along Poplar Street in Basehor needs immediate repair, city officials said.

City officials report a sewer line along Poplar Street is deteriorated and not performing to capacity, causing backflows to branch and trunk lines running to other houses.

The Poplar Street line is causing substantial problems for four nearby homes and could affect an additional 250 if the line is not repaired, city officials report. The line, which appears to be very old, was not put in properly and is collapsing, city officials said.

"It's 40 years old at a minimum," Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer said.

During last week's Basehor City Council meeting, city officials discussed the problem along Poplar Street and were given two choices in fixing the problem: a short-term, less costly solution and a long-term, pricier remedy.

The short term solution would cost $31,000 and immediately solve sewer problems for the four nearby homes. The long-term solution would cost approximately $190,000.

Repairing the sewer line would entail fixing approximately 2,000 feet of pipe, city officials said.

The City Council has made no official decision on which option it will choose; however, council members seemed to favor the long-term solution best.

"That's the avenue we're investigating now," Scherer said. "That's the best solution."

A final decision on the line will be made during the July Basehor City Council meeting.

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