Sidney Township sewer project on time and on budget

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:35 am on Monday, October 10, 2011

Russell Gleech of E-One went around to test each grinder can on Thursday to make sure they are operating properly.

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — Construction is wrapping on on the $5.8 million sewer system around Derby and Nevins lakes.
Crews spent much of the summer boring sewer pipes underground around both lakes and leading to the sewage treatment lagoons behind Montcalm Community College. The lagoons also received a significant upgrade.
Workers now are individually checking the grinder pumps at each of the 241 residences on the system. Deputy Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines said the grinder cans all are working properly.
“Everything is running well,” she said.
The deadline for the completing the project was set for the end of October, which Raines and Drain Commissioner Donald Cooper believe they will make.
“The project is on time and on budget,” Cooper said.
Consumers Energy currently is finishing the installation of electrical components at the sewage treatment lagoons. Restoration work soon will begin on yards around the lake, she said.
Residents will be able to hook up their homes to the system likely beginning in early November after construction is complete, Raines said. Residents will have six months to hook up, but they could receive an extension if weather is a complication.
No connection work is allowed yet, according to a newsletter sent to residents in September. However, homeowners may install electrical service to their grinder pump now as long as they obtain a $137 permit from the Montcalm County Building Department.
Homeowners or contractors working on the pumps must attend a training class before they are allowed to begin.
The new sewer system will help improve water quality in Derby and Nevins lakes.

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