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Recent storms in May and now this month have officials in Henrietta scrambling to fix infiltration issues with the city’s sewer system.
Rain storms cause thousands of extra gallons of water to pour into the Richmond South Sewer Plant’s system.
Just a few months ago the city of Richmond struck a deal with Henrietta to reduce the amount the smaller city is charged to help relieve the cost burden.
Last August, Henrietta cashed out $30,000 of a savings bond just to catch up the sewer fund. Henrietta Clerk Margie Long said the fund will need to borrow more money again this year.
Part of the deal to get the sewer bill credited requires the city to spend the savings on fixing their infiltration problems. The deal requires Henrietta to report progress to Richmond on a quarterly basis. The city plans on attending the next Richmond Public Works Committee meeting.
Long reported recently that to date, the city has spent all of the credited money on buying risers for the city’s manholes. Work has slowed however due to a shortage of workers. Last month the city’s full time maintenance person quit, but was replaced by a part time worker. The required work needs two workers. The city plans on interviewing candidates for a maintenance position at their next meeting on June 20.