orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

July 27, 2013

Pinehurst takes next step in sewer project

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

PINEHURST — Repairs to a section of sewer system are one step closer to becoming a reality.

Pinehurst City Council approved a measure during its most recent meeting to make repairs to a section of sewer lines on Whipporwill Street by obtaining a low interest loan and fund the project all at once.

“Council voted to move on this as soon as possible, and we will do that by obtaining certificates of obligation,” said Joe Parkhurst, Pinehurst City Administrator. “We’ll just complete this project all at one time instead of doing the work in stages.”

Initially, council was considering whether to seek a low-interest loan to fund the project entirely or to have the work done in stages over a possible three-year period.

“We’ll bite the bullet and get it done at all once,” Parkhurst said. “Otherwise, this would just leave Whipporwill Street messed up for two or three years.”

In a previous interview with The Orange Leader, Parkhurst said this section of the city’s sewer system is approximately 50 years old and made of clay and concrete pipes. The system includes numerous six-inch and eight-inch lines, plus three manholes.

Parkhurst anticipates the project to cost approximately $350,000. A loan will fund the project because the city would not qualify for a Community Development Block Grant because the work is not being done in a low-to-moderate income area.

In other news, the road paving project for 28th Street is under way and expected to be completed sometime next week, according to Parkhurst.

“It’s moving along well,” he said. “We’ve had a few issues with water lines breaking because of the heavy equipment and how shallow the lines are, but that is typical of a project like this.

Also, Parkhurst feels the long-awaited work on replacing the bridge on Lexington could soon come to fruition.

“We were told by the state that the bridge on Lexington is under control of TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation), but that is not the case,” Parkhurst said. “So that issue should be resolved very soon. The bridge was damaged slightly during Hurricane Ike, and it is old, so it needs to be replaced.”