Written by Kelly Kaczala
January 28, 2011
Oregon City Council last week approved the purchase of a new camera system that will be used to inspect sewer and water lines. The equipment will help the city in its investigation of inflow and infiltration (I&I) issues to reduce or eliminate excessive storm water from the wastewater collection system.
Significant rainfall sparked I&I issues a few years ago when several residents, particularly in the Wheeling trunk sewer service area, had complained about flooded basements. Flow monitoring, video detection and smoke testing have also been used to help identify I&I.
The State of Ohio Purchasing Contract for the equipment has been awarded to Jack Doheny Supplies, Ohio, Inc., for $188,342.50. The cost includes the installation of the camera in the 2011 Sprinter CCTV Van, which was purchased last year and is currently being outfitted at Jack Doheny Supplies.
The equipment, called an IBAK Closed Circuit Televising (CCTV) system, consists of two cameras, according to Public Service Director Paul Roman.
“There’s a main line camera, then there’s a camera for looking up lateral sewers that come into the main line. It also sits on top of a tractor. It’s remote control. It’s actually a very complex system. There’s quite a bit to it. That’s really reflected in the cost.”
The purchase was included in this year’s budget.
Roman said $100,000 was earmarked in Fund 261, a storm fund, and another $100,000 was set aside in Fund 340, a sanitary sewer fund.
“This item will be useful for how many years?” asked Councilman James Seaman.
“It really depends on how much you use it,” said Roman. “We use it almost daily. It is a very valuable tool. With time, it will have wear and tear. With any camera system, you really want to get at least 10 years out of it. We have close to it with our old camera, but it has had a lot of repair, which is why we need the new system. It can be a heavy maintenance item, that’s for sure.”
City Administrator Mike Beazley also said the equipment was important because of the city’s size.
“This is really an essential part of the infrastructure,” said Beazley. “It’s especially important for Oregon because of the nature of some of the I&I issues that Oregon is dealing with right now. For a city our size, we have more miles of lines just because we’re so geographically spread out. It’s just something that’s important for us to have.”
Mayor Mike Seferian said there are also cost savings to the city in purchasing the camera system.
“By identifying some of the sewer leaks, we can eliminate some road cave-ins and other structural problems that could be quite costly. Hopefully, we will do some preventative maintenance to avoid costly repairs,” he said.
Also at the meeting, council agreed to pay $20,000 to DGL Consulting Engineers, LLC, Maumee, due to additional construction engineering services for the Wheeling Street widening project.
“Their original scope of services versus the actual work performed on the project so far is above and beyond what they had in the original estimate. It really was a low estimate,” said Roman. “When you look at the size of this project – it is a $10 million project – normally construction engineering is a matter of answering questions during bidding. It is also, once a contractor is selected, and they propose an alternative to the original design, it’s evaluated and analyzed, and that certainly takes up time. They had listed $2,000 as their estimate. It was way over that. Also, a contractor can propose a change, then ODOT will ask us to evaluate it. That’s where the construction engineering comes in, to evaluate it and see whether it’s good or bad to proceed with that work.”
The project is 30 percent completed, he said. The remainder is expected to be finished at the end of this year.
“The heavier work is going to occur within this next year,” said Roman. “The bridge over I-280 will likely close the first week of March. And Dearborn will go from a one way road to a two way road between Wheeling and Navarre. I think we’ve worked through a lot of the construction engineering services, but the bridge itself is a very detailed work. I think you need to continue having DGL on board to answer questions throughout that construction. This is really to pay for past services as well as for any other services we may encounter.”
Roman said the bridge is planned to be out of service from March until October or November.