City councilors award bid to improve sewer lines

Cemetery chapel open for services
By Ben Holbrook | Sep 11, 2012

Belfast — On Tuesday, Sept. 4, city councilors awarded a sewer bid in the amount of $179,036 to Nitram Excavation to improve sewage flow along the lines near Front Street and Miller Street, and to install a pump near the Boathouse.

The improvements will eliminate a right-angle turn at the intersection of Front and Commercial streets, as well as create larger lines at the intersection of Front and Miller streets. City Manager Joseph Slocum said the improvements are necessary to prevent sewage from backing up.

Initially, the city was considering only addressing issues with the lines; however, Slocum said, a second phase of work is necessary to prevent sewage from backing up at the Boathouse. Phase two of the plan calls for a pump to be installed near the Boathouse that would force sewage along the pipe and away from the building.

“When we went to bid we considered the possibility of adding a pump station in front of the Boathouse to push the effluent along a fairly level line through Steamboat Landing, which at times has caused backups at the Boathouse,” Slocum wrote in his manager’s report.

Councilors unanimously approved awarding the bid.

In other business:

Councilors approved a request from the Cemetery Board of Trustees to offer the newly renovated cemetery chapel for services at a rental fee of $150.

Republican Journal reporter Ben Holbrook can be reached at 338-3333 or at

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