Rain helps out with sewer study

July 4, 2013 —

Some heavy rainstorms in the last few days proved to be both good and bad for projects under way in the City.

Since early this year, the Hudson sewer system has beent he subject of a flow monitoring project to attempt to see where storm water is getting into the sewer system. This involves having meters in various locations.

However, it’s been understood for a number of years that the worst storm water infiltration takes place at periods of high flow — and while this spring has been wetter than last year, until the inch and a half of rain in one storm last week, there hadn’t been enough of a high flow to really get a good picture of what was going on.

The metering project was starting to run out of funds, most of which came from a state grant. However, City Manager Steve Hartsel said last Friday that the city had been given a $75,000 grant to extend the project, in hopes that more heavy rains will come along.

However, the ongoing rainfall in the past few weeks has been enough to slow the final work of preparing the balance of Steger Industrial Drive at the Industrial Park. This project has been under way since last summer, but has had more than it’s share of problems with weather. Some final work needs to be done before the Lenawee County Road Commission can get in to pave the road. Hartsel said he had no clear picture of when that was going to happen.

Weather hasn’t affected the development of the Sunrise Meadows Trail, at least yet. The trail, which will be an extension of the recently dedicated Murdock Trail out to the subdivision, is slated to be built yet this summer. Hartsel reported that a pre-construction meeting for the trail was held last week, and that it’s anticipated that equipment for the trail building is expected to be moved in late this week.

Hartsel also reported that the first experience with the new ambulance has been positive so far. The new ambulance, partly paid for by donations, is being used for routine transfers, and since the gas mileage is much better than the older ALS ambulances, the cost to make such runs is down, while leaving two fully-equipped advanced life support ambulances available when ambulance transfers are under way.