Park City works on broken water line as problems reported elsewhere
October 23, 2018
Park City continues to address a major water-line break in Old Town and officials were expected to ratify a six-figure contract on Tuesday for the work.
The failure occurred in late September along a small but important stretch of Heber Avenue just off the Main Street intersection. The portion of Heber Avenue remains closed to traffic.
The Park City Council on Tuesday was scheduled to ratify an agreement with a firm called Beck Construction & Excavation. The dollar figure was pegged at no more than $215,545. The firm started the work prior to the meeting on Tuesday.
Clint McAffee, the public utilities director for the municipal government, said officials were not required to conduct a formal bidding process for the agreement since the break created an imminent threat to public property, private property or both. He said officials, though, gathered three price quotes for the work and selected the lowest of the three.
The work involves replacing two water lines on Heber Avenue, primarily between the Main Street and Park Avenue intersections. They have failed repeatedly, McAffee said.
McAffee drafted a report for Mayor Andy Beerman and the Park City Council in anticipation of the meeting on Tuesday outlining the work. He said staffers planned to replace the water lines as part of a separate redo of Park Avenue later, but the recent failure prompted the work to be done at this time. The work "can no longer wait for the Park Avenue reconstruction to commence," the report says.
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The Park City Police Department in mid-October, meanwhile, received a series of complaints about waterworks leaks. The cases are not linked to the problems along Heber Avenue, McAffee said.
The cases reported to the Police Department last week included:
• on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 9:42 a.m., water was seen coming out of the ground on Empire Avenue.
• on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6:46 p.m., water was seen bubbling out of the ground at or close to the intersection of Park Avenue and 13th Street.
• on Monday, Oct. 15 at 10:33 p.m., the police received a report that a water pipe may have burst on Captain Molly Drive. The pipe apparently is at an address where a residence is under construction. The residence was flooding, the police were told.
• on Oct. 15 in the 4 p.m. hour, water was seen "shooting out" of a house on Park Avenue.