The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 4, 2012

Public meeting slated today on Pittsburg waterline project

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
Globe Staff Writer

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The city of Pittsburg will hold a public information meeting today to review plans for the waterline replacement project planned on Broadway from Quincy Street to Second Street.

The project will involve the replacement of the existing 8-inch line with a 12-inch line tying into the 12-inch line downtown, the installation of new fire hydrants on both sides of the street, and tying all cross waterlines. The project will end the need for a 16-inch water line on Quincy Street.

John Bailey, director of public utilities, said he will provide detailed information as to how the project will affect properties within the project boundaries. The meeting will be held at the Public Utilities Annex — the former National Guard Armory — at 1506 N. Walnut St.

City staff members will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. to review the plans and answer questions. No formal presentation will be made; individuals may come and go as their schedule allows. Those with questions may contact Bailey at 620-240-5126.

Earlier this fall, the city began a five-year replacement program for lines in residential areas throughout town, beginning with a $250,000 project in the Turner Addition to the northeast. The aging lead pipes suffered a higher-than-usual breakage rate the past two summers during droughts, causing crews to scramble to make repairs.

The city also has scheduled a town meeting for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Public Utilities Annex to discuss the adoption of the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code. Those with questions may contact Andrew Huyett, building official, at 620-231-4170.