June 11, 2015 – 7pm at Keystone United Methodist Church
Notes by Angie Lile
Andy Shively, KC Water Services Engineering Officer
Terry Thomas, Project Manager, KC Water Services
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 816-513-0262
Sean Allen, Resident Inspector, KC Water Services
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Jim Walker, Superintendent, Blue Nile Contractors, Inc.
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Link to KCMO Project Info- https://www.kcwaterservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/State-Line-to-Kenwood-75th-St-to-89th-St.pdf
Link to article about the project- https://www.kcwaterservices.org/kc-water-services-to-present-fiscal-year-2016-capital-improvement-plan/
The meeting started with a brief recap of the project and why it needs to be done. No one in the audience disagrees with this.
Andy also explained how the areas are chosen. Each year KCMO will replace 28 miles of pipe, consisting of 70k pipe segments. Each segment is graded on it’s likelihood of failure as well as the cost that failure would incur for the City. This total grade was given the name “Business Risk” and the highest numbers would be replaced first.
Each year will have 18 projects, 28 miles of pipe replaced and after 100 years the project will finally be completed and will start over since the pipes are expected to last 100 years.
Interesting fact: They found a pipe from 1854 when replacing old pipes. That’s pretty old!
Terry Thomas explained further that pipes being replaced are a mix of 6”, 8” and 12” water main pipes.
The project is expected to cost $2.5 million dollars and they have already started marking the streets.
Street Markings (meaning):
Blue lines indicate the existing water line. This line will remain where it is while the new line is being placed across from it. Then houses will be connected to the new main line when it is ready.
Yellow lines indicate gas network and Orange lines indicate Fiber or other Communications
Work begins on June 22nd on Ward Parkway Plaza and will move onto the Madison area after that. Work could take about 60 days to complete once they start in your area.
A list of areas in the order of which they will be worked on will be posted later or you can contact Terry Thomas for more information about when to expect work in your area.
A letter is supposed to go out two weeks prior to the arrival of equipment in your area.
Driveways and roadways for residents and businesses are to remain accessible. If you have trouble getting in or out, all you need to do is find a worker and let them know you need to leave.
If you have a regular schedule, for coming and going, you can notify Sean Allen.
Business owners should also work directly with Sean Allen especially around water shut off days. Water will not be shut off during business hours in these affected areas.
Notifications of Water Shut Off
It is expected that we will see at a minimum 4 water shut-offs during the work period. Once when they need to tie into the beginning of the main line, once when they need to tie into the end of the main line, once for a transfer of service from the old to the new, and one more “just in case” to account for Murphy’s Law (What can go wrong WILL go wrong).
We are supposed to see a notice the DAY BEFORE when water is to be shut off. Notice will come by door hanger. If for any reason you do not receive notice about water shut off BEFORE they shut it off, we are to contact Sean Allen directly to let him know.
Replacement of Sidewalks, Driveways and Vegetation
Many people asked about existing trees in their yard. The short answer is that if the tree is in the right of way and needs to be replaced, Parks and Rec will be notified and they will work to get the tree replaced.
If you own any trees or vegetation in your yard that need to be replaced, KCMO is responsible.
If KCMO needs to rip up your sidewalks or drive ways, they will be replaced.
For the most part, the new line is going into the center of the street or across the street from the old line, with minimal destruction of existing sidewalks, vegetation or your personal water lines, but if you want to know for sure how your area will be affected, you can contact Terry and talk it through with him.