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Sewer service to Gilmore Car Museum and possibly Hickory Corners, is moving forward with the Southwest Barry County Sewer and Water Authority, Gilmore Car Museum and Fleis &Vandenbrink Engineering officials discussing preliminary plans on the projects, according to Scott Monroe, plant manager/interim general manager of the sewer and water authority.


F&V has submitted a proposal to the authority on the design and permitting of a sanitary force main extension. An option being considered for Gilmore is installing a sanitary pump station on the south side of West Hickory Road, going east on Hickory Road, north on Hallock Road, west on Osborne Road onto authority property, to connect directly to the wastewater treatment plant, Monroe said. 


Gilmore would abandon its present septic system in favor of new infrastructure going to the proposed pump station. The new station would be a solid-handling pumping system so wastewater would gravity flow to the pump station, and be moved through the force main to the treatment plant, he said.


Gilmore would be responsible for its gravity feed system, the authority would own, operate, maintain and replace the pump station and discharge force main.

Connecting to an existing force main on Osborne Road was considered but failed to meet state requirements.


Fleis & Vandenbrink’s proposed fee of $67,000 for the project would include field work and elevations along the proposed sewer route, locating existing utilities, preparing drawings based on an aerial map, completing design and technical specifications for the sewer and pump station, and preparing an easement for Gilmore’s signature for the pump station on museum property, the F&V proposal said.


The engineering firm would obtain all the permits required, and address all comments from permitting agencies, including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Barry County offices, handle the bidding process for contractors and complete the engineering and construction, including a pump station startup, it said.


If the authority opts to continue with plans to also serve Hickory Corners, Fleis & Vandenbrink would do the engineering for $26,000.


Final numbers for the total projects are not yet available.










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