Public works projects to note
By Steve Banham, Director
We completed a lot of work in 2003, and following are some of the top accomplishments.
Concerning wastewater, we: hired a consultant to develop a new wastewater comprehensive plan (70 percent complete) and established the Citizen Wastewater Advisory Committee (CWAC) which met to evaluate wastewater alternatives; inspected and evaluated cathodic protection system for pipe under the mouth of Drayton Harbor; updated wet weather action plan to include trucking services to avoid overflows; conducted smoke testing and took other steps to reduce stormwater inflow and infiltration; worked with the finance department to adopt loan policy to facilitate private improvements that reduce stormwater inflow into wastewater collection system; hired experts to perform underwater inspection of wastewater treatment plant outfall; cooperated with Drayton Harbor Shellfish Committee in dye testing of sewer lines along Peace Portal Drive and on the east end of Marine Drive; and made repairs to lift station 8 to improve reliability.
Concerning water, we did the following: Participated with Birch Bay Water and Sewer District in summer water conservation efforts; installed cathodic protection system in E Street tank and analyzed existing cathodic protection systems in other water tanks; conducted annual hydrant flushing; and finalized wholesale water agreement with Bell Bay Jackson water district.
For electrical, we: conducted a thermographic analysis of high voltage distribution system to detect possible hot spots where future failures could occur and made preventative repairs; made improvements to electrical lines along Montfort Avenue; placed new underground line in conduit from Boblett Street to the cemetery; and provided funding for electrical conservation projects at Semiahmoo Resort and Blaine school campus.
For our streets, we: resurfaced several streets with chip seal; completed major leveling patches on Hughes and Yew avenues and sealed cracks along D, H and 8th streets; worked with the State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Federal Highway Department on planning for future improvements to the north (Exit 276) and south (Exit 274) freeway interchanges; and worked with WSDOT on the design for widening the truck route.
Concerning our facilities, we completed construction of the new fire station on Odell Road. As for the fleet, we purchased improved equipment for cleaning catch basins and jetting out sewer pipes.