Pleasant Street not so pleasant

By From page A1 | January 27, 2014

Tiny little Pleasant Street, almost in the heart of Placerville, isn’t quite as pleasant as it could be, according to Community Services Director Steve Youel.

“We’ve become aware of a sewer line failure on Pleasant Street,” said Youel at the Jan. 14 Placerville City Council meeting. “We used the diagnostic camera to look into the pipe and we determined that the pipe failure poses an imminent threat to public health and safety.”

About nine residences are served by the old cast iron pipe. City workers have attempted to make patch repairs, but the 4-inch pipe continues to fail. Youel came before City Council on Jan. 14 to request a budget appropriation of $257,000 to take emergency action to replace the pipe to eliminate the risk to the environment and public health and safety.

The scope of work will include replacing 1,046 feet of cast iron sewer main with 6 inch SDR 35 PVC pipe, undergrounding and potholing existing  utilities, constructing three manholes and a cleanout, connecting 12 services to the limits of the main line trench and connection to the existing main line at Pleasant Street and Bedford Avenue.

Four bids have been received from the following companies to do the work: Doug Veerkamp General Engineering, Inc. B&B Locating Subsurface Solutions, Joe Vicini, Inc. and Wunschel & Sons.

“It will take about a week for the bid process to be completed, ” said Youel, “and weather depending, we should start the project in about two weeks.”  The replacement project is estimated to take two to three weeks.

City Councilwoman Carol Patton and newly elected Vice Mayor Patty Borelli questioned the replacement of one sewer line when others in the area may be as old and as close to failure. “Have we investigated other sewer pipes in the area?” asked Borelli. “If we do this work, will we have to tear it up when we have to replace other pipes later?

Patton said, “I don’t know where this pipe hooks into or what the next trunk line might be. If we had accurate information, we could make better decisions about situations like this, so that we could work more globally rather than piece by piece. It’s my hope the Measure H committee will be proactive about gathering information about our sewer system.”

Youel assured the City Council that the work done to replace the Pleasant Street sewer line will not have to be torn up when other lines are repaired. “We are also creating an extensive inventory of the lines in the city with the diagnostic camera,” he said.

He stressed the urgency of the work. “We have an immediate health and safety concern for the residents of Pleasant Street.”

The City Council voted 4-0 to approve a resolution declaring sewer line failure on Pleasant Street and appropriating $257,000 from the Sewer Enterprise Fund for its replacement. Former mayor Wendy Thomas was absent from the meeting. Carl Hagen, the newly selected mayor, vice mayor Borelli and councilmembers Carol Patton and Trisha Wilkins were present.

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Wendy Schultz

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