Livermore dips into surplus

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LIVERMORE – Town officials voted Tuesday to take $8,000 from the town’s $490,000 undesignated surplus fund to replace 260 feet of drain line running from Goding Road to the Androscoggin River.

Selectpersons held an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon to make a decision on whether to do a potentially short-term patch repair on the existing line or to do a long-term fix and replace it.

The line was in such bad shape, Administrative Assistant Kurt Schaub said Wednesday, the board unanimously voted to replace the drainage pipe.

Voters annually authorize selectpersons to appropriate money from the undesignated surplus account if an emergency situation arises and it cannot wait until the town meeting, Schaub said.

“That authorization is rarely used,” he said, and has never been used while he’s been there.

The matter came to light after the old drainage system that runs down the hill from Goding Road, located off Route 4, got clogged.

The Ted Berry Co. did a video pipeline inspection and discovered that an old, private sewer line had been tied into the drain line, Schaub said. Somehow the line got pushed into the town’s line compressing it, then debris came down and clogged the connection.

The hill is very wet with a number of springs and the drain line handles that runoff and road drainage into the river.

A former owner of the property on Spruce Mountain Road, located between Goding Road and the river, had made the connection to the town’s line, officials said.

A septic system was permitted and installed on the property in 1990, Shaub said, but the pipe connecting to the town’s system was never removed.

The permit was reviewed Tuesday. Shaub said the reason the newer septic system was installed was because it appeared it was a direct sewage drain into the river, which wasn’t unusual for older homes along the river back then.

Sewage has not drained into the river from that site since 1990, he said.

The current property owner was experiencing serious water problems, which brought the situation to town officials’ attention.

The town’s drain line was functioning fine until the pipe got compressed and debris built up, Schaub said.

It was supposed to be a short fix project to disconnect the old private sewer line from the town’s line but in the end, Schaub said, the town’s line turned out not to be in as good as shape as hoped.

The pipe is made up of different sizes and types of pipe and looked like it had been patched many times, he said.

Schaub said he got an estimate to replace the line and Ken Judd, a local contractor familiar with the project and property, was called upon to work with the town to address the situation.

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