Published on October 11, 2013
One of the two holes on the 900 block of Henry Street is pictured above. The city's engineering department says the holes should be replaced next week. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Published on October 11, 2013
City crews dug two holes on the 900 block of Henry Street this week in preparation for infrastructure upgrades. Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Two large holes and piles of dirt sit idly on the 900 block of Henry Street.
Garnet Peterson, who owns a house on the block, said city crews dug a hole on Tuesday and another one on Wednesday to replace the sanitary line to two houses.
“(On Wednesday) we’re waiting for the contractor to put some laterals in (to the two houses) when we find out that the city works person didn’t schedule (a contractor),” said Peterson. “So now we’ve got two holes sitting, the street’s blocked off and nothing’s happening until next week.
“It’s just a waste of taxpayer’s money and time and the residents here now don’t have a street to drive on.”
He said he is angry at the city for not being able to co-ordinate the contractor to have the work finished quickly once the holes were dug.
“(The contractor’s) in Regina doing another job. In the meantime, we’ve got two open holes here. City equipment has come and gone,” said Peterson. “It’s just silliness … We’ve got open holes here waiting for the rain to come fill them up.”
Moose Jaw public works manager Duane Grado understands the concerns residents have, but he noted that the city caught a break in securing the contractors to come work on the holes — on Tuesday.
“They've gone off their regular schedule to come here to do it,” said Grado of the Regina-based contractors. “We were just very fortunate that they came in. The other contractors we contacted said 'nope, give us a call in the spring.'”
The holes were dug earlier in the week because engineering wanted to be proactive and not put off the job until later in the week.
“What we wanted to do is make sure those two holes were dug, no matter how busy we got with our maintenance with water main breaks … That’s why its been sitting the better part of this week,” Grado explained.
Asked if the holes could have been dug on Friday, Grado responded, “No, (Friday) we’re on breaks and that too.”
Residents on Henry Street have been waiting for the city to repair the infrastructure for more than a year. Grado admitted that the project has indeed taken longer than was originally anticipated.
At the April 1 meeting of the executive committee, residents from the 900 block of Henry Street presented their thoughts on the infrastructure replacement.
The sanitary sewer lines are made of no-corrode material and the engineering department said they would use a pilot trenchless method to replace the lines.
“We are thinking about using this in the future. It could be a good method,” said Grado. “We will do an analysis on it and see what the costing is.”
The cast iron water main replacement was approved with a $167,000 budget in 2012. At the April 1 meeting this year, it was reported that the cost-share for the replacement of the no-corrode service in 2013 was 58 per cent for residents of $3,480 per resident and 42 per cent for the city of $2,520.
But Peterson said the city always talks about pothole and street repair, but with poor co-ordination he said it’s “understandable why nothing gets done.”
“I’m running a pipeline from Estevan to Weyburn,” he said. “If I did this job the way (the city’s) doing (Henry Street), I’d have been broke a long time ago.”
Lisa Goudy can be reached at 306-691-1289 or follow her on Twitter @lisagoudy.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.