On a day-to-day basis, city Department of Public Works employees clean up messes of all kinds, but lately theyve been getting more than they bargained for as an aging grinder unit has left no choice but for them to clean out sewer pipes by hand.
The grinder unit, which grinds down waste so that it can be transported to the citys treatment plant, is located on the west side of the Oswegatchie River near Pearl Street.
DPW Supervisor Gregg E. Harland said employees have been forced to manually grind up sewer waste for the past several weeks in order to clear up the pipes thanks to the aging unit that can no longer do its job.
At Mondays City Council meeting councilors unanimously approved a contract with Continental Construction, Gouverneur, to replace the aging unit.
City Manager John M. Pinkerton said they expect to have the new system in place within two months.
The $60,000 contract includes the labor and a new unit.
Mr. Harland said he understands that grinder units, when properly maintained, can last for up to 30 years.
More information about the current unit was not available at Mondays meeting.
In other council action councilors unanimously approved a measure that will remove the no standing and school speed limit signs from the section on Franklin Street where the former Sherman Elementary School was located.
The school closed in June of 2013.
City Council will hold three public hearings on May 27 at 7 p.m.
The first will be about a motion to remove a no right turn on red sign from the intersection of Spring Street and New York Avenue.
Council will also hear from residents about the proposal to remove the yield signs at the Champlain Street and Route 37 intersection following the installation of traffic lights.
Finally councilors will consider a motion to lease city property at the greenbelt to Scott A. Strader for his concession stand.