GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis City workers are in the midst of replacing a new sewer line on State Street in an attempt to help with any sewer line problems stemming from backup issues with organizations on Second Avenue.
At a previous city commission meeting, Second Avenue organizations approached the commission with concerns about sewer backups affecting the Colony Club and Ariel Opera House. Discussion was held as to whether the backup was occurring in a line in an alley somewhere between the old historical society location and the Elks lodge on Second Avenue.
Area engineer Randy Breech asserted that the city was not doing its job by addressing the sewer line in the back of the alley. City officials said they were willing to help, but could not dig if the alley was considered private property. Commissioners asked City Solicitor Adam Salisbury to examine deeds to see if any government easements had been allowed in that back alley.
According to city officials, deeds of the Second Avenue organizations retain private ownership of the alley in question after researching deeds back for the last 100 years.
“We’ve run a rod in the sewer both ways,” said City Manager Gene Greene. “We rodded from the curb back up to the alley. Remember in the commission meeting we told Randy we would help him. We wouldn’t cure his problem but we would help him. If we found a problem, we would tell him. But we haven’t found anything.”
Greene said the city intends to run a camera through sewer pipes once it is repaired. The camera runs on the same machine as the sewer rod. Greene said workers were replacing pipeline which did belong to the city from the main sewer back to the property line along with a clean-out.
“If there’s a future problem, either the property owner or the city can go and look at that clean-out,” said Greene.
Greene described a clean-out as a hole drug into the ground with a cover which one can open to view whether water in a line is backing up.
Greene said the sewer line being replaced should roughly be the same size as the previous line and is considered a “scheduled 35 PVC.” The previous line was constructed of clay.
“We felt we would modernize it and replace it with the PVC,” said Greene. “It’s not like the clay, it’s slick so everything should go right through. We should never have a problem on our part.”
The city in coming days will concrete its dig once wet weather passes. Currently, Greene said steel pads are laid over the dig so vehicles can pass over the area.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.