With heavy rain like we had Tuesday evening, some Bridgeport residents will be happy to hear that the city finalized its plans for Phase One of its stormwater management program.
The Meadow Lane project is a dual project to improve both the city's storm sewage and storm water system.
"Last Thursday, the sanitary board approved the sanitary sewer portion of that project," said Mayor Mario Blount.
City council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with Bear Contracting for the Meadow Lane Storm Sewer and and Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project.
"Basically, what the stormwater project will do is there will be a line put in on Kinney Street, which sits above Meadow Lane, to capture the water before it goes down the hill before it goes down to Meadow Lane. It'll be pushed into the storm sewer and pushed out to the wastewater treatment plant," said Blount.
Phase One will begin on June 1. Blount said future phases of the project could affect James Street, North Street, or Worthington Drive.
Also at Tuesday's meeting, the city approved funding a mobile command vehicle for emergency use. The unit will cost more than $228,000; $34,000 of those funds will come from a homeland security grant; $25,000 will come from the volunteer fire department; and the remaining balance of more than $168,828 will come from a capital reserve account so the city can pay cash for the unit.
Chief Robert Seccuro of the Bridgeport Fire Department and Chief John Walker of the Bridgeport Police Department helped to research the need for the unit. Both agreed that the purchase is the best use of the money.
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