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Brusly still searching for sewer line leak

Written by Aaron Williams on . Posted in Local

Brusly Mayor Joey Normand reported to the town council Monday evening during the town’s committee meeting that the company hired to find a major leak in the town’s sewer system has not been able to locate it after two months of searching.

“They’ve basically run through the scope of what they said they were going to do, and they can’t point to a place and say ‘this is where your big leak is,’” said Normand during the meeting at Brusly Town Hall. “That’s very disappointing.”

During the town’s March 11 town meeting, the council agreed to hire Compliance EnviroSystems (CES), LLC, to pinpoint the location of rainwater leakage to the Brusly sewer lines.

At the time, Normand said that town employees had searched for the cause of excessive rainwater flow into the town’s sewage pond for several years, but could find no major leaks.

In a March 21 article in the West Side Journal, Normand said that issues had remained for at least 10 years in the sewer lines that caused strain to the sewer system.

Normand said that he and CES employees were confident the company would find and repair the leak, reducing the amount of rainwater flow into the sewage pond, in turn, reducing energy costs due to the processing of sewage.

But during Monday’s meeting, Normand said that since hiring CES, they haven’t been able to locate the sewer line’s leak, and the sewage issues continue.

“They’re going to tell us what the next step is. But they are perplexed as to why they haven’t found a big leak,” Normand said. “We still see the same thing happening – as soon as we get a big rain – it [the Brusly sewer pond] fills right up.

“We’re going to go back and figure out a new game plan and see what we can do.”

In other business, Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley began a discussion about the possibility of traffic cameras being placed at traffic lights along the town’s Highway 1.

He said that a company will come to the town to complete a survey to help town officials decide whether they believe cameras are needed.

“They’re going to come out and do a survey for us at the two red lights and on the highway to see the amount of traffic we have and how many people run the red lights in a 12-hour period,” Whaley said, adding that the survey would be of no cost to the town.

Shane Andre, town council member, said that cameras that detect violators of the speed limit and red lights would not only bring extra revenue into the town, they would bring added safety.

“They show a great reduction in the amount of crashes or accidents that occur at these intersections where these cameras are, especially at red lights,” he said.

Whaley agreed, saying that after cameras were placed in certain areas in Lafayette, La., traffic accidents were reduced by 65% in a five-year period.

“A lot of the crashes that we do have is at the intersection, at a red light,” Whaley said. “That’s where 90% of them are.”

Whaley said he would report to the council after officials complete a survey and they will discuss, further, what actions will be taken, if any, about the cameras.

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