(Orange, Texas)

July 14, 2013

Pinehurst considers options for sewer system repairs

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

PINEHURST — Repairs to a section of the Pinehurst sewer system could soon become a reality.

Joe Parkhurst, Pinehurst City Administrator, discussed the much needed repairs to a section of sewer lines on Whipporwill Street during Tuesday’s Pinehurst City Council meeting. The sewer lines are old and continually cause issues for the city during heavy rain events.

“We see a lot of seepage and infiltration when it rains a lot,” Parkhurst said. “It’s filling up our sewer system with rain water and causes us to exceed our into the amount of water we can discharge into Cow Bayou. This section of the sewer system is probably 50 years old and made of clay and concrete.”

Parkhurst said this section of the sewer system includes both six-inch lines and eight-inch lines, as well as three manholes. He projects the cost of the project to be approximately $350,000.

Parkhurst stated the city could tackle the project in one of two ways.

The first would be to do the project in sections over a period of two to three years, while the second alternative, which Parkhurst said seemed to be potentially be more appealing to council, would be to obtain a low interest loan and do the project all at one time.

“I outlined the options for council during our meeting earlier this week and we will discuss it again at the next council meeting,” Parkhurst added. “We will talk to some people about interest rates and bring in our engineer and hear what they have to say as well.”

A Community Development Block Grant could typically be used by a city to help during a major repair project such as this, but Parkhurst said the City of Pinehurst does not have that luxury this time.

“This sewer line is not in a low-to-moderate income area. Many of these houses are valued at $200,000 or more, so we would not qualify for a grant for this project,” he explained.

Parkhurst said the city is also preparing to make some much needed street improvements to 28th Street very soon.

The city has already purchased the materials needed for the project and Orange County will supply the equipment and the manpower needed to complete the task.

Also, plans are being made for the annual Pinehurst Senior Citizen Labor Day Picnic which will be held on Monday, Sept. 2. Approximately 700 people attended the popular event in 2012, which is funded through donations from area businesses and individuals.

The next City of Pinehurst Council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 23.