The Block Island Times

Pipe replacement on Ocean Avenue approved

Nov 08, 2013

At a joint meeting of the Sewer and Water Commissions on Tuesday, Nov. 5, a contract with the engineering firm Boyle and Fogarty Construction of Smithfield, R.I. to replace the section of force main pipe was unanimously approved. The section of the pipe begins at Ocean Avenue Pump Station No. 1, and then heads east to Bridgegate Square and travels up Old Town Road almost to Chapel Street. The pipe then empties into the gravity sewer line. The project was unanimously approved for up to $330,200 — although the details need to be worked out with the contractor, according to Sewer Superintendent Chris Blane. Blane said it was difficult to say what the final cost would be. Boyle and Fogarty won the bid over four other firms.

The commissioners also unanimously approved a separate contract for $10,736 for the purchase and installation of a backup computer monitoring system for the island’s five pump stations.

Both directives are designed to prevent the possibility of the type of spills that occurred last year, which emptied raw sewage into the Great Salt Pond. “No one wants another spill, nobody, not me, not the town council, not the Department of Environmental Management,” said Blane. “We’re doing our best to make this work.”

In other news, after deliberating in closed session for almost two hours, the members of the commissions, as well as their respective attorneys, emerged without a motion on the status of suspended clerk Janet Ziegler. — Lars Trodson

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