Hearing that all grinder pump electrical connections will be replaced after finding inadequate installations, Jay County Regional Sewer District Board hopes to see reimbursement for past fixes as well.
Commonwealth Engineers Licensed Master Electrician Toby Church conducted inspections on three of the district’s pump stations last week, two from Foxfire Addition, rural Portland, and one from Skeens Addition, rural Dunkirk, and found electrical connections that weren’t installed according to code. The junction box in each pump station was supposed to be water tight, but condensation had developed during the winter months affecting the electrical connections that weren’t installed with water-resistant wire nuts.
The mistake came in the installation and inspection, said Church, as the project was specified to meet local and national electrical codes.
Church told the district board Monday that Commonwealth would notify the original contractors of the project and give them one week to respond with a solution to the issue. If the contractors do not respond within that time, Commonwealth will absorb the cost of replacing the wire nuts and connections in each of the district’s pump stations and hire local on-call mechanic Guy Tressler to complete the work.
But some board members want Commonwealth to retroactively help with the costs incurred from past electrical problems that may have stemmed from the same installation problem.
“It needs to be made at someone else’s cost other than ours,” said member Phil Ford. “The project’s not that old to have that kind of problem.”
Church told the board that Commonwealth won’t simply “roll over and write a check” but will need figures to see if the price of past maintenance will be manageable for the company.
The board approved asking Tressler to round up figures on what the board has paid in the past to fix the electrical connections and will see how Commonwealth is willing to help with its cost.
In other business, board members Roy Bunch, Faron Parr, Joe Sommers, Randy Mann and Ford:
•Approved pursuing a grant to extend a line for a hook-up for Elizabeth Rouse, who has been paying sewer district rates but had never been hooked up to the system. Wayne Bailey, Commonwealth Engineers, will look into a grant that could help pay for the estimated $2,500 extension.
•Paid claims for the month of April totaling $7,512.78.