LIMA — Lima’s Lost Creek Reservoir developed a crack over the past week. The Utilities Committee of Lima City Council heard from Utilities Director Mike Caprella about the situation.
“We have crews that drive around our reservoirs looking for items like this, usually on a weekly basis. They’ll look around for anything abnormal and they just seen this small crack. It’s part of the bank of the ditch adjoining the reservoir. It’s probably 40 feet from the bank,” said Caprella.
They started to monitor it but the next day it was twice the size. “It was probably caused by all of the rain,” said Caprella.
Crews then evaluated the crack and decided to take some action to stabilize it. They cleaned out all of the brush between the top of the levee and the retaining wall. They brought in a contractor with an excavator and dug out all of the dirt from behind the retaining wall, put down some fabric, and then put stone at the base of the wall.
At no time did any water leak out of the reservoir.
“We knew right away it wasn’t any danger to the reservoir but what we try to do is maintain the retaining wall, the bottom of this slope so as the dirt was sliding it wouldn’t push that in and then plug up that stream that runs to the east side of Lost Creek Reservoir,” said Caprella.
By the end of the week, the bank should be stabilized.
Lima City Council will be asked for money to help pay for the project.
“What we’ll ask council for at the next meeting is to pay for the engineering. We brought a firm in to assist us,” he said.
Caprella said the reservoir is about 100 years old.
In other business, Caprella told the committee that the sanitary sewer lift stations at Mumaugh and Cable roads are in need of repairs.
“Two of those lift stations are in bad shape,” said Caprella.
The cost to fix them would be estimated at $1.25 million total for both projects.
Caprella also informed the committee that as part of a consent decree with the Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Lima will have to plant more trees and maintain them along the Ottawa River. It should cost the city around $13,000 this year.
Caprella is also asking city council to allow the utilities department to purchase two crew trucks with extended beds, two dump trucks and a four-wheel drive pickup truck.
Some problems with the Caterpillar generators at the wastewater treatment plant will require some new electronic controls. The cost to upgrade the controls is estimated at $250,000.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.