Quick work and cooperation head off water problems in Sheridan

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 11:54 am on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SHERIDAN — A possible scenario in which water could have backed up into the homes of residents was averted Sept. 27 by the fast actions of Sheridan street crews.

According to Sheridan Community Center Director and Assistant Village Superintendent Ed Lingeman, who was speaking on behalf of Street Administrator and Village Superintendent Doug Lane at Tuesday’s village council meeting, the village water system experienced a “worst case scenario.” Both pumps failed, nearly simultaneously, at a village lift station.

“What happened is, we had one pump fail and another, for whatever reason, wouldn’t work,” Lingeman said. “This happened at the Pine Street and Grand Street location.”

Sewer contractors were brought in to clean out the area and new pumps were put on line. While this was being accomplished, Crystal Township, as part of a mutual aid agreement, provided a back-up truck to keep the lift station operational.

“They were super,” Lingeman said. “They came over and worked right along with us.”

Cost for the repair was $3,726. A spare pump also was located, possibly the last of the type in use by the village, and purchased at a cost of $4,300.

“We got it last Friday,” Lingeman said. “So now we do have a spare. Hopefully, our future problems will be solved.”

If the problem hadn’t been taken care of as quickly and efficiently as it was, the results could have been very messy for many village residents. Water would likely have backed up in many basements throughout the village. As it was, no incidents of this happening were reported.

Several village trustees, as well as President Susan Wyckoff-McFarland, complimented Lingeman and the rest of the road crew for their prompt attention to the matter, saying, “You guys always go the full length for us.”

In other village business, the council discussed a problem with collecting a $5,158 arrears water bill from the new owners of Pearl Lake Apartments. It was determined that the apartments would receive a shutoff notice the next regularly scheduled time such notices are sent out, around the end of the month.

The village council meets next at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.


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