South Main Street work

A work crew from Strawser Bros. Construction was beginning to dig up South Main Street just south of Drake Road Tuesday morning in order to repair a broken 15-inch stormwater line that was beginning to collapse and cause the street to buckle. Main Street is closed between Drake Road and Ohio Street for the emergency repair.

KENDALLVILLE — South Main Street in Kendallville was closed Tuesday while crews conducted an emergency repair of a broken storm sewer drain that was causing the road to sink and bow.

Work will continue today, with the road expected to open back up by about 4 p.m.

The city was preparing the area for closure on Monday afternoon but didn’t actually shut down the road until Tuesday morning to start digging up a broken 15-inch clay stormwater line under the road. The road was shut between Drake Road and Ohio Street.

City engineer Scott Derby said at Tuesday’s Kendallville Board of Works and Public Safety meeting that the city discovered last week that the road was beginning to sink. Crews came out with the city’s camera truck to snake the line and discovered the storm sewer pipe under Main Street was clogged up with dirt, indicating a collapse.

“The office has been made aware of a damaged storm sewer main that has begun to impact the Main Street pavement surface above it. Due to the nature and volume of Main Street vehicular traffic, a decision was made to immediately move forward,” Derby wrote in a request to the city Board of Works and Public Safety.

Derby solicited quotes from four area contractors for the repair, with Strawser Bros. Construction offering to complete the project for a not-to-exceed cost of $9,800.

Crews got to work early Tuesday starting in the area just south of Drake Road to dig up and replace the pipe, then repair the roadway.

In other business at Tuesday’s board of works meeting, members:

• Received two bids for the property at 316 E. Gertrude St., where the city recently condemned and demolished an eyesore home. The city got two bids, one from neighbors Ralph Poyser at 312 E. Gertrude St. and one from Belinda England at 318 E. Gertrude St. Each offered $1,000 for half of the lot adjacent to their properties. The city took the bids under advisement.

• Approved a street closure for the Taste of Kendallville event on June 29. The event will take place downtown between Mitchell and William streets and offer food from local restaurants and vendors.

• Approved opening hiring for a new Kendallville Police Department patrolman after the announcement that Chris Harlan will retire effective Jul 1. Harlan has been with Kendallville since December 1997. Police Chief Rob Wiley said his department has two openings and will be hosting testing for prospective candidates on Saturday. Eight people have applied for the openings.

• Waived a $6,083.04 sewer bill for 420 Kruger St. after a water line broke in an unoccupied house. The water did not go into a drain, so the city waived the unusually large bill. The board of works did not waive a more than $2,000 water bill resulting from the break.

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