Sewer line project could be done by mid-June

IMLAY CITY — There was good news to share at the Imlay City Commission meeting Tuesday evening.

City Manager Craig Horton reported to the commission he had been told the Fourth St. construction project has been moving along well and is ahead of schedule.

“I spoke with the engineer (Spicer) and with our DPW Supervisor Ed Priehs and they were both confident the project could finish ahead of schedule,” Horton said. “With the weather we have had, even with the rain, they have been able to keep moving forward. They have worked right through the rain, unless it was a major storm or something,”

A piece of an old, original wooden water line was discovered by crews working on the Fourth St. project.


Horton said the storm sewer project has gone smoothly and provided a glimpse of the water lines installed in Imlay City in the late 1800s.

“While the guys were digging, they came across what appeared to be remnants of wooden water lines that would have been used when water was first provided to the city.” The City Manager said the water flowed, “just fine through the wooden lines as long as they were kept wet. Once the water stopped flowing, the lines dried out and deteriorated quickly.”

Priehs was able to confirm that, providing a history of the water system in Imlay City.

The City’s first water system was constructed in 1890, and many of the distribution pipes would have been wood mains,” Priehs said to Horton in an email.

Priehs sent a photo of an original 1914 water distribution map that hangs in his office. In the late 1930s to 1950s cast iron mains would have replaced wood (lines).

In the 1950s to 1970s, Priehs reported asbestos-cement water main was installed. And after that, only ductile-iron and PVC water main has been installed.

Other than wood, the rest of the water main materials are still in service today. Priehs said the portion of water main that is currently being replaced with PVC on E. Fourth St. is cast iron and asbestos-cement.

Once the storm sewer project is complete, Horton said workers will continue on with water line work. That work is expected to take just two days.

In other commission news, Horton told the board the city had heard back from King & King on S. Almont Ave. regarding a parking lot improvement project.

The Certified Public Accountant firm has offered to share the cost for a paving project. The company’s employees use the lot, as well as clients, and they offered to share in the cost of the work.

The project area is nearly 4,800 square feet and is located adjacent to a public alley east of N. Almont Ave and west of Bancroft St., south of Fourth St and north of Third St. King and King is located at 148 N. Almont Ave.

It was noted several vehicles use the lot on Sundays, to attend services at a nearby church. The city and business will share the cost of nearly $16,000 to have the work done.

The winning bid was given to T.G. Priehs of Imlay City. There was only one other bidder who returned only a partial proposal.

Regarding this fall’s upcoming election, City Clerk/Treasurer Dawn Sawicki-Franz told the Tri-City Times anyone wishing to run for city commission has until July 23 to file a nominating petition.

The terms of Mayor Joi Kempf and Ted Sadler are up, due to term limitations while two other seats, a two-year and four-year are also up. So far, just two people have picked up nominating petitions, according to Sawicki-Franz. Those who apply advance to the general election in November.