The Hixton Village Board is considering whether to make SGS Excavating fix an issue with the new sewer line on Second Street in the village after they received a report that a portion of the sewer sags.
MSA Professional Services Engineer Dave Krugler is most concerned about grease build-up in the sewer line.
“If we look at the one that he did fix up on Third Street, there was a lot of grease and a lot of other stuff that got held up at that location,” Krugler said.
Jamie Steen, president of SGS Excavating, doesn’t believe there is actually a sag in the line.
“I talked to the guy that took a camera to it and he said there are no sags. He said there are flat spots, but there are not sags. He said the difference in there is maybe a quarter-inch,” Steen said. “He said he will sign any document saying that it will never have a problem. And he said if there is a problem, he will come and jet it for free. He said he feels horrible because it never should have been pointed out because there isn’t a problem.”
Jim Simonson, village of Hixton superintendent of public works, corroborated Steen’s story after having his own conversation with the televising company.
Krugler disagreed and has talked to his own experts, “We have a number of engineers in our office. I have sent it off to a dozen or so of our engineers that are in our municipal group. I got five responses back that all said fix it.”
Despite the possibility of a sag, Krugler said that the grease runoff should be less than the issues on the Third Street sewer line.
“Obviously you get a lot from the apartments. That is a little bit more of a grease scenario,” Krugler said adding that Second Street has about 2-dozen residents that are on the line.
Despite calls from Steen and the televising company that they will stand behind their claims that nothing is wrong, the board still felt uneasy about the fact that something could go wrong many years down the line and no one would be able to fix the issue.
“Things happen. I am in the same boat. I work by myself. You get hurt, something happens to your business, whatever, and you can’t take care of it. You don’t have the financial means anymore to take care of it,” trustee Mark Ebert said. “We can get hung on this.”
Krugler agreed, “It is not so much if, but when. Yeah it might not happen in 30 years or it might not happen until the next apartment is put up just north of the old high school that now that line is getting the grease.”
Even though the board and Krugler had these concerns, Steen said he would stand behind the sewer line no matter what.
“I will stand by anything if I have to hand-dig it. If I’m broke, I don’t care. I am going to stand by it unless I am dead,” Steen said.
The board decided to table the issue until spring when the line could be televised again to see if the problem persists. The board was also interested in talking with the company that televised the line in person.