The Stonington Sanitary District held a brief meeting on Thursday, September 12, to discuss what to do about an iron sewage pipe along Hagen Dock.
Much of the pipe has been examined by camera and found to be in poor condition; however, there is one area where the camera was unable to view possibly due to blockage. For now, the district voted to have district employee Gay Atkinson have the camera company come down and view the rest of the pipe, to determine how poor a shape the pipe is in.
Members of the district’s board had brought a proposed project to replace the pipe, which serves Fisherman’s Friend Restaurant, the Stonington Fire Department and Penobscot East Resource Center, to the Stonington Selectmen recently.
According to a September 12 article in the Island Ad-Vantages, Town Manager Kathleen Billings-Pezaris and the town selectmen told the sanitary district the project would need to be put on hold until the town could raise money for its portion, which may include a need to reconstruct the entire length of the dock, which has several sinkholes.
At the sanitary district meeting on September 12, there was some discussion about hiring an engineer.
Board chairman Stephen York said he thought that idea should be tabled. “It was my understanding that we were getting an engineer to design a bidding package [for the project],” said York. The board agreed to table the measure pending more information from the second look by camera.
“It might be that our immediate needs could be fixed,” said Lisa Jones.
The next steps, said York, include getting more information and taking it back to the selectmen, emphasizing that any work at this point would be a short-term solution. “The pipe is severely deteriorated and corroded,” said York.