BY JEFF CLARK
After months of a back-and-forth between the Columbus City Council and a local contractor, a project to install a new water line along Main Street is almost complete.
According to CLW General Manager Todd Gale, the project will allow contractor Chris Chain to have sprinklers in a building he is remodeling. Chain brought the issue before the city council several times before a compromise could be reached.
“The city changed its building ordinance and requires buildings to have built in sprinklers,” Gale said. “Chris Chain is renovating the old Army-Navy store building on Main Street and we are running a water line for his sprinklers. The only water main is on the North side of Main Street. So, one option was to tear up Main Street. We decided to run a line off of a main in Catfish Alley. It’s a six inch line we are running parallel down Main Street. This way, if other people do renovations, they can use the line.
Gale said the approximately $48,000 project is being funded by Chain, CLW and the City of Columbus.
“Chris Chain is paying approximately $12,000,” Gale said. “CLW is paying about $20,000 and the city is paying $14,000 for the removal and replacement of concrete.”
With the project scheduled to be completed by September 1, Gale said CLW is almost finished with its work.
“We have almost completed the installation,” Gale said. “The city will have to install the concrete and do some paving. We haven’t had any major problems. The city had to saw-cut the concrete and they cut some pipes, but it has been corrected.”