A 70-old clay sewer line is crumbling near the American Legion building, W. Park Street, in the Village of Oak Harbor, causing more headaches for the utility department and residents.
Village work crews discovered the shattered line as they attempted to clear a blockage near the Park Street and Oak Street intersection last week. The problem directly affects seven users, including the American Legion, interim village administrator Randy Genzman said.
Adkins Sanitation was called to survey the underground 12-inch line with a camera.
“The frost has gotten to it and demolished it. Now we have some with some serious sanitary sewer problems,” Genzman said about the troubled utility line. “This thing is just collapsing on itself.”
The sewer line was installed in the 1940s and runs through the backyards of the properties along the alleyway. It’s a combined sewer overflow system there, so it catches both sewer and storm water, Genzman said.
A contractor is putting together a project cost estimate.
On Monday, Genzman said prospects look good that the village may be able to get by with repairing only about 50 feet or so of the broken line.
That’s good news, he said, because it could lead to less red tape and a faster repair.
“The 54 feet is under our dollar limit,” Genzman said of regulations for project costs and time constraints. “If we have to replace 310 feet, we will have to get council approval.”