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July 1, 2014

City talks 'poop truck,' sewer, water projects

ATHENS — Athens City Council members triggered a chuckle Monday when a couple of them referred to the truck dispatched six or seven times a day to collect the sewage from eastern subdivisions as the “poop truck.”

It came about during a discussion of a proposed sewer and water line improvements that would promote growth in the area, ensure uninterrupted water service and lessen the area’s dependence on the “poop truck.”

Council members, after some discussion, voted unanimously to award a $4,083,469 contract to S&J Construction Co. of Jacksonville, Arkansas, to build two gravity sewer lines — one from Canebrake subdivision to French Mill Creek/Piney Creek and another along Piney Creek upstream to U.S. 72 — and a 6,000-foot, 8-inch water main from Canebrake sewage pumping station eastward to Cambridge Lane.

Athens Utilities Water Services Manager John Stockton said the new sewer lines would connect with existing sewers that now serve the Piney Creek Subdivision and commercial developments along 72 East.

He said there would also be a trunk sewer extended along French Mill Creek from Piney Creek out to Mooresville Road. In total, the improvements would create 23,200 feet of new gravity sewer, enabling the city to provide sewer service from within the city limits from Lindsay Lane eastward to Mooresville Road.

The water main addition, Stockton said, would connect with a new 8-inch line installed on Cambridge about four years ago, and, within Canebrake, it would connect to a new line that will be constructed by that project’s developers.

“This new water line is extremely critical because it will provide a secondary loop into Canebrake, Indian Trace, Piney Creek Village and Whitfield and Winslow (subdivisions),” Stockton wrote in a memo provided to council members. “A secondary feed is essential to guarantee uninterrupted water service and fire protection in the event of a major water-line break.”

He said a main break could sever service to 200 to 300 homes for days.

S&J was the lowest of six bidders whose proposals were reviewed by Krebs Engineering as well as city officials.

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