The town of Ayden addressed the flooding and sinkhole concerns of the Montclair Estates Neighborhood Thursday.
Earlier this week, residents in the Montclair Estates neighborhood voiced their concerns about what they call the town’s inaction over the issue, but town officials say this is not the case.
Ayden town manager Steve Harrell said the town has been working hard to fix this problem after receiving a $153,000 grant last summer.
That money will be used to replace and repair the failing 42-inch drainage pipe in the neighborhood.
The sinkholes in the neighborhood are due to the fact that the damaged pipe is caved in.
However, it took town officials longer than expected to find a bidder for the project.
“People don’t understand the time it takes to do a project like this,” said Harrell. “We can’t simply say we have a $153,000 grant, there is a contractor, let’s go to work.”
Harrell said they had to rebid the project two times to find a contractor willing to do it for the price of $153,000.
“It is not what we hoped for, that it is taking this long to re-bid, re-engineer to get what we need,” said Harrell. “We also have to take into consideration the contractors schedule as well.”
The 42-inch line will be replaced this summer by Everett’s contracting.
Harrell said they are staking out the land now for the work to begin in July.
He said he believes that once it is complete, it will eliminate the sinkholes and reduce flooding.
“This has taken way longer than I wanted or that anybody wanted, but we are moving ahead, and we will make a significant improvement to drainage in Montclair Estates,” he said.
Harrell said they’ll replace the 42-inch pipe with two 36-inch pipes, and expect the work to be done by August.