TALLMADGE — A sewer pipe on a company’s property is scheduled to be replaced and relocated in 2019, according to a county official.
Mike Weant, director of the county’s department of sanitary sewer services, said the pipe — which is known as a "sanitary sewer force main" — runs through Summit Racing’s parking lot along Cleveland Avenue (Route 532) in Tallmadge.
"We had it scheduled for [engineering] design this year with construction next year," Weant said. "I think it’s broken three times this year, so we didn’t quite get there in time [to replace it]."
The sewer pipe currently runs underground in front of the main customer entrance to Summit Racing, Weant said. He also said repairing the pipe has required digging up a portion of the parking lot, but has not shut down business operations.
"It’s an inconvenience because the break is close to their main entrance," said Weant, who noted the pipe has broken due to "premature deterioration."
Weant said county officials are working with Summit Racing officials to coordinate the project to make sure the work is "not disruptive to their business operations." Work is being planned so it does not impact the truck traffic that comes to the store in the evenings, according to Weant.
"Summit Racing will work with the [county] as appropriate, as we always have," Nan Gelhard, advertising manager for Summit Racing,said. "Good local infrastructure is valuable to our business, customers and employees. We will make sure access is provided for customers and employees during construction."
Summit County Council will vote Sept. 10 on a resolution confirming the awarding of a $49,900 engineering design services contract with CT Consultants for the project and to appropriate the funds, according to the language in the legislation. Weant noted the legislation is also needed to create a specific fund that will be used for the expenses pertaining to this project.
The county’s Board of Control approved the contract with CT Consultants on Aug. 8.
Weant said the project is estimated to cost $750,000, but he emphasized that figure is "a real soft estimate." He added officials will have a more substantive number once the engineering designs are finished sometime in the first quarter of 2019. Weant said he expects the county to advertise and take bids for the work in the second quarter, and then award a contract either late in the second quarter or early in the third quarter of next year.
How the pipe will be relocated
Weant said the pipe starts at the west side of Summit Racing’s parking lot, runs through the lot to the east side where it turns north and then turns back east where it goes to "a discharge point."
"There’s a very, very long run of the force main right under their parking lot and basically goes right past their front door," Weant explained.
He added the line in the parking lot is being abandoned and "we’re realigning it so it goes around the outside of their parking lot."
Weant said the pipe will now be routed around the outside of Summit Racing’s parking lot heading east, turn north when it gets to Cleveland Avenue and then travel eastward again.
What does this pipe do?
Weant said a sanitary sewer force main is a "pressurized sewer pipe" that is used in conjunction with a pump station.
"You have a gravity collection system," Weant said. "And all that flow will flow by gravity to a pump station, and it’s all collected in this pump station and then, at a certain level, the pump station kicks on and it then pumps by force all that wastewater through this force main, this pressurized pipe, either to a plant or to another point of discharge. Whenever you run out of gravity flow, you got to pump it uphill and that’s the purpose of a pump station and the related pipe to the pump station is called a force main."
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