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City 'Ready-to-Go' for sewer rehabilitation grant

Posted: January 21, 2011 4:40 p.m.
Updated: January 24, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Camden City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday to provide nearly $100,000 in matching funds for $500,000 grant. The nearly $600,000 in total money will be used to rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes in an area south of York Street.

According to a memorandum provided with Tuesday’s proposed agenda, the sewer lines will be replaced using the “cure in place” method, which uses a liner to reinforce the pipes.

“This allows pipes to be upgraded without digging up the street and physically replacing the pipe,” City Planner Shawn Putnam wrote in the memorandum.

The work area includes sewer lines along Market Street; between Market and Cooper streets; on either side of Conway Circle; and one running north from Bull Street between Cooper and Lyttleton streets that curves eastward to Fair Street.

“City staff has responded to 39 work orders in the project area, including a collapsed pipe along King Street,” wrote Putnam. “These upgrades will prevent water filtration into the sewer lines and sewage from leaking out.”

The $500,000 will come from a “Ready-to-Go” Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the S.C. Department of Commerce (SCDOC). The grant application is actually a revised version of one the SCDOC did not approve yesterday through its CDBG Community Infrastructure program.

Putnam indicated that $60,956 of the matching funds will be used for engineering costs. The remaining $38,750 will cover costs to reconnect sewer service to homes that are not low-to-moderate income (LMI) households. The $500,000 “Ready-to-Go” grant only covers LMI homes.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:

* Recognition of several employees from the finance, fire, police and public works departments.

* Consideration of second reading of an ordinance repealing the city’s procurement code.

* Consideration of a resolution approving a city procurement policy.

A draft of Tuesday’s agenda was presented to council during a work session Thursday. During that work session, council discussed:

* the timing and development of council’s meeting agendas;

* the process of the city manager’s performance review;

* reports from the S.C. Ethics Commission -- specifically, that council members, the city manager, assistant city manager (as chief financial officer) and mayor must file their 2011 statements of economic interest;

* an update on the National League of Cities’ prescription drug card -- Camden area residents saved more than $89,000 in 2010;

* information from the S.C. Department of Transportation it will be closing a bridge on Mt. Zion Road near Camden for seven weeks beginning Jan. 31 to conduct repairs; and

* confirmation of council’s strategic planning session, to be conducted between 12 and 5 p.m. Feb. 17.

Tuesday’s meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of Camden City Hall, 1000 Lyttleton St. All meetings are open to the public.

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