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Tom McCallister: There's a better solution for city's sewer problems

Oct. 07, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one of a series of columns written by candidates in contested races in the Nov. 6 general election.

One of the key issues that has plagued the city for years is the separation of storm water and sanitary lines.

We should employ the same design that is being used in Las Vegas. In their case, it is used for storm water only to stop flash floods from inundating the city. My idea would be to use the same concrete box culverts but our design would have three chambers. One would be for the sanitary system, the second would be for storm water.

The third would be for utilities, which include gas, electric, telephone, water and cable service. This would put the utilities out of sight but give them easy access. We would be able to add additional needs of the city in the future.

This has been mandated by the federal government. The city's plan has an estimated cost of over $800 million. The cost of my plan would be one-tenth the cost of their plan.

We could put quite a few of our citizens to work fabricating these culverts. From that point it would be a cut-and-cover project for the main artery and all lateral connections.

Tom McCallister is the Republican candidate for Huntington City Council from District 2.

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