Repairs continue on Westville storm sewer

WESTVILLE — Village workers are still repairing a long section of collapsing, tree-root-choked storm sewer along Virginia Street, Mayor Mike Weese said on Tuesday.

Village workers have already spent six weeks clearing or replacing almost 1,000 feet of storm sewer along that street, and estimate that there is up to 500 feet of blocked sewer to go.

Residents complained about slow-draining storm sewers back in April, Weese said, and village workers started what they expected to be a routine, quick repair of the storm sewer.

Gas and Water Superintendent Mike Bennett said the old clay storm sewer along Virginia was probably installed in the 1930s or the 1940s, and has become brittle.

"We are clearing the tree roots from the sewers, but the sewer tile keeps crumbling as we go," Bennett said.

Workers from the village and from Roger R. Newell Trucking of Westville are clearing the blockages where they can, and replacing the clay tile with 16-inch-wide plastic sewer tile where the old tile is too badly damaged to use anymore.

Weese said that work on the storm sewer is ongoing.

In related business, the Westville Village Board voted to have Watson Tire of Danville mount two new rear tires on the village's backhoe for about $1,200. The current rear tires on the backhoe are more than 10 years old.

The village is also considering two bids for the replacement of the south-facing exterior door of the village hall meeting room. The door sticks, and the frame is rusting.

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