After receiving a recommendation from City Engineer Tom Tucker that Red Zone should be contracted to do the work of studying the city's sewer system, City Council's Public Service Committee of Bruce Darlington, Dennis Shultz and Tim Eberling recommended the council approve a contract with Red Zone for that purpose.
That contract, with an expected price tag of $749,000, will provide, according to Tucker's report, a "wide range of self-contained multi-sensor robots to analyze the complete variety of infrastructure" in the sanitary and storm sewer system.
Multiple robots will be placed in multiple sewers at the same time, the report notes. Those robots will travel through the system recording data and return to the manhole where they started, the report continues.
The data collected is expected to indicate the areas where repairs are needed, roots need to be cleared and other problems which may be impeding the flow or efficiency of the system.
Service Director Chris Easton told the committee the lawn sprinkling schedule, which has been in use from June through September for more than a decade is expected to be altered.
The system that has been used forbids sprinkling three days per week and provides for odd and even numbered property owners each to sprinkle their lawns two days per week. The new schedule, which is expected to begin this year will allow for more sprinkling every other day.
Easton said the new sprinkling schedule will be monitored to determine if it has a noticeable effect on water usage since enough water needs to be available at all times in case of emergencies.
In the last year the city has added more supply and capacity to its system. A more than six mile pipeline to bring up to one million gallons of water per day from Chippewa Township is now operational and a new million gallon holding tank on the south side of Akron Road in the area of Wadsworth Crossings is complete.
Easton also told the committee a new holiday working schedule for the sanitation department will be put into effect. Workers in the past have worked on New Years, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and been paid for the eight hours plus eight hours of work at time and a half.
Under the new schedule, the worker will not work on the holidays excepting for the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and will instead do a double route on the following day. That is expected to save approximately $10,000 yearly.
According to the information supplied, the department superintendent and the employees support the change and the residents, who in the past have expected trash pick up on most holidays, will be informed of the new schedule.