Week of February 7, 2019

The city engineer and White Bear Township public workers official and I met last week to look at options to connect the sewer pipe at Birchwood Lane to the township. This would result in a gravity flow system to the township and allow us to take the Birchwood Lane lift station off line. That lift station is functionally obsolete. The new pipe will save us over $200,000 in lift station replacement costs along with thousands of dollars in annual maintenance expenses. A final design plan should be approved sometime this spring with construction starting as soon as possible.
Speaking of lift stations, two weeks ago a vehicle crashed into the lift station access tube at Birch easement. There is significant damage to the tube.  The driver did not report the accident. Does anyone have a security camera that would have recorded the incident? Or does anyone know of a vehicle that sustained a significant amount of damage to its front end or undercarriage? Please contact our city administrator if you have any information.