Gerald’s Public Works Department can’t seem to catch a break. Their biggest priority this spring seemed to be getting Walnut and South streets repaved. Both streets were dug up last fall and new rock beds were put into place when the weather became too cold to lay the surface. Over the winter, traffic has helped to compact the new roadbeds.
When Mayor Otis Schulte took office in April, he appointed Brad Landwehr to head the department. He also directed him to replace a 60 year old waterline under Walnut Street before it was resurfaced. His reasoning was that the waterline was likely to fail in the near future which would require digging up the newly laid street.
Permission from the Department of Natural Resources was slow in coming, but work finally began a few weeks ago.
After a 3.5 inch rainfall Monday evening, Landwehr and his crew uncapped the latest section of newly laid waterline to discover it had filled with rain water. Since this indicated a substantial leak somewhere in the new line, work began to find the fault.
Late on Tuesday it was determined that a bad gasket had caused the leak. Landwehr hopes to be able to replace the gasket and continue laying pipe on Wednesday. This will delay the project by a few days. The line had been extended from Grandview north to Sixth Street when the leak was discovered. There is only one more block of line to be laid, but then customers along Walnut must all be tapped into the new line. Then the newly filled in trench must be allowed to settle and then compacted before the street can be surfaced.
The new sewer treatment plant continues to be a headache. A faulty pump was discovered Tuesday.
Landwehr reported to the aldermen at last week’s meeting that Well 3 (at the main water tower near Fourth Street) had a hole in the intake pipe and was only running at 50 percent capacity.
The old East Lagoon on East Springfield has still not been completely filled in and the deadline imposed by DNR to finish the job is fast approaching.
Monday’s rainstorm also created a problem with the rock base on South Street where it meets Highway H. Much of the base washed away, leaving the newly poured curbing floating in air (see photo above). Part of Tuesday was spent repairing that problem.
Brian Rehmert was hired by the Board of Aldermen to join the public works department as a meter reader. He will be paid $8 per hour for approximately 24 hours per month.
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