STORMY WATERS: Col. City approves storm sewer renovation

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City. The project will involve disconnecting some of the storm sewer pipes that are connected to the wastewater system. The pipes will be moved and connected with the rest of the storm system. Mayor Ryan Daniel said this should make the load on the wastewater system easier without some of the stormwater in the wastewater.“It’s a good opportunity to tie this into our other utility work,” Daniel said.The second phase of the Line Street project will begin next year. The work in 2013 will extend from Spencer Street until the railroad tracks.In other business, the Board of Works and Safety renewed the agreement between the City and the Volunteer Fire Department. The next meeting of the Board of Works and Safety will be on Wednesday, Dec. 26, with the Christmas holiday being on Tuesday causing the move in meeting day.