- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Hammond City Council has voted to authorize a request for bids for sewer improvements in the city’s Greenlawn area, where residents have complained about sewage backups in their homes.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1gnuTDb ) City Engineer Chuck Spangler asked the council to transfer $88,000 from other city accounts into a special budget to move the sewer improvements forward. Coupled with $75,000 in currently budgeted funds, the city will have $163,000 to pay for work to correct the problems.

Once the contract for the work is awarded, Spangler said, experts will investigate the lines, clear them of roots and other possible obstructions and then reline the pipes.

“This should solve the problem and give these people some relief from a persistent problem,” Spangler said.

The city is in the midst of an extensive sewer improvement project in the older part of the city. The work, funded by a $5 million bond issue, will help solve the problem of rainwater entering the old sewer lines through cracks and breaks and overburdening the system.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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