When rain saturated the area last week, we were pleased to see the beginning of some relief along Joplin Street where the city of Pittsburg has begun a $1.6 million storm sewer project.

When rain saturated the area last week, we were pleased to see the beginning of some relief along Joplin Street where the city of Pittsburg has begun a $1.6 million storm sewer project.
But soon after the rain fell, we started receiving calls from folks along Warren Street wanting help with a sanitary sewer problem along their property.
As City Commissioner Bill Rushton — also Warren Street resident — described in today’s front page story, when rain falls in Pittsburg, manhole covers blow and the storm ditch along the street fills with anything and everything that has been flushed or washed down the drain.
This week, after months of these residents complaining, the city met to find a solution. According to John Van Gorden, assistant city manager, the city hopes to find a solution soon because the problem is located just south of the new Fire Station No. 1.
But it shouldn’t take a new fire station to get the ball rolling on a project that would alleviate the problem of sewage in the backyards of residents.
Yes, the city does have its hands tied, as the storm water utility tax is being used for just that, storm sewer projects like that along Joplin St., not sanitary sewer projects. But in the past, we have watched the city creatively come up with ways to pay for much needed projects. And now is the time to do it again. As Van Gorden stated in today’s story, the city has detected more problems with the sanitary sewer as lines have been repaired. These problems will just continue if something is not done soon.
The city can not allow its residents to continue to live with standing sewer water in their backyards.

Jessica Tims-Seeliger, for The Morning Sun