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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Water Main Replacement Underway on Pentland, Expected to Be Complete Before School Starts

By Robin Gee, Council Beat Editor 

A storm sewer drain is being extended on Pentland Place as a first step in the planned street improvement project for that street.

Torn up sidewalks and a large pipe at the corner of Pentland Place and Highland Avenue have nearby neighbors wondering about the project and concerned about timing with the start of the school year.

Lori Hagerty, who lives near the corner, said she was on vacation when she learned about the work being done. She knew about the Pentland Place street improvement plans but says the sewer work came as a surprise.

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She said her family had just spent more than $2,000 to have a drain pipe laid from her home to the street and had done repairs to the sidewalk after that work had been done. She says she came home to find the sidewalk torn and some of the pipe cut as well as some of her landscaping removed.

"I am assuming it will all be put back into place, but I’ve had no information, and I am not sure what the work is for," she said. In addition to the sidewalk disruption, she noticed a large concrete capped pipe sticking up several inches from the ground.

City Administrator Ron Dill said the work on the corner is part of the Pentland Place project, and the city has an agreement with the contractor to restore the sidewalk and any other disruptions to properties caused by the work once it is complete.

"As part of the improvement project on Pentland, we are adding a storm sewer extension that will collect water on that street," he explained. The drain that is exposed on the street now will be covered as the street is repaired, he added.

Work on the corner is expected to be complete and the walkway reestablished in time for children walking to Moyer and Highlands. The Pentland Place street project as a whole is expected to be completed by the end of September.

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