Sunnyside sewer may be put on hold
A major overhaul to a sewer outfall line in Sunnyside City, while considered very necessary, may be put on hold until November when the city can have its case heard before the Community Impact Board.
One possible drawback to getting the project worked on is that the sewer outfall overhaul is not on Sunnyside's capital improvement list, which the CIB looks at quite heavily. Support would need to be sought, including from Carbon County Commissioners, stating that Sunnyside has tried to fix the problem but to no avail. So far, Sunnyside has spent between $8,000 to $10,000 on cleanup of the outfall line and a camera viewing of the inside of the pipe.
Sunnyside City Mayor Doug Parsons said that he has been talking with Carbon County Commissioner Mike Milovich with the purpose of trying to get support for the sewer overhaul project as an emergency project for the city.
Warren Monroe, a senior construction manager with Jones and DeMille Engineering, has appeared before the city council two times over the last three months, talking of the need for the sewer outfall line to be replaced. A survey done on the pipe showed problems that included cracks in the pipe, root balls and holes on the sides. There has been at least one incident where the pipe backed up and raw effluent began running out from the pipe, Monroe said.
At a city council meeting last month, Monroe said he has continued to talk with Rural Development for funding for a study, but currently nothing has come from it. The new fiscal year for Rural Development begins in October and Sunnyside City should be one of the first in line for funding, he said. Instead of waiting, Monroe said the city needs to submit an application to the Community Impact Board for a project to be done with the sewer line.
Currently the time for financing with the CIB is very good and the application for a project is due this month. Sunnyside currently has a sewer rate charge of $24, which is fairly high, according to Monroe. Preliminary cost estimates for a possible project are in the range of $250,000 to $300,000, which is not a massive project by any means, Monroe said.
"The city has shown a good faith effort to try and remedy the problems, quite frankly we are striking out here," Monroe said. "If this was a $3 to $4 million project, it would receive some real scrutiny. Bottom line is it's a necessary thing for Sunnyside to have done and the sooner the better."
One of the main issues Sunnyside will have to present to the CIB is the sewer rate and how much of an impact it will have on the community if the rate is increased. The city should go after a 100 percent grant for the project, Monroe suggested.
Council members unanimously passed a motion at the Aug. 17 meeting to get an application started to be turned into the CIB.