Shelton approves $490K to repair ‘extremely deteriorated’ River Road sewer pipe

Exterior of Shelton City Hall, in Shelton, Conn. Jan. 11, 2021.

Exterior of Shelton City Hall, in Shelton, Conn. Jan. 11, 2021.

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SHELTON — Work will soon begin on the city sewer pipe along River Road.

The Board of Aldermen, at its meeting Thursday, approved spending $493,846 to repair the sanitary sewer line on River Road from the Laurel Street intersection to 202 River Road, which is almost to Wright Street. Of the total cost, $393,894 is for the pipe work, another $50,000 is for traffic control costs.

The funding, which includes another $49,500 for over expenditures in traffic control costs from the recent sewer work on Bridgeport Avenue, will come from American Rescue Plan money.

“This line is 35 years old. It’s a major line,” Mayor Mark Lauretti said. “We don’t want the pipe to collapse or break. We need to repair it.”

Ernest Hutchinson, the city’s WPCA administrator, stated in a memo to the aldermen that the sewer line is in “dire need of a liner which will stabilize the extremely deteriorated pipe and decrease any coefficient of friction.”

In other business, the aldermen approved another $25,000 to cover repairs on a home on city-owned property at 45 Grove St.

Overall, the aldermen have made three allocations totaling $132,000 for renovations to the structure. According to Lauretti, the funding has been for flooring, counters, doors and windows, cabinets, appliances, plumbing, and sheet rock.

This property was purchased in 2020, when Lauretti said the site could be used for needed parking at the nearby Richard O. Belden Cultural Center, located at 54 Grove St.

The building at 45 Grove St. was to be razed to create the new parking area for the cultural center, which houses Center Stage Theatre, Living Hope Church, the Registrar of Voters office, Team Inc., Valley Regional Adult Education, and the Valley United Way.

The aldermen approved purchase of 45 Grove St. for $128,000 and the adjoining 0 Grove St. for $22,000 at the board’s meeting on May 14, 2020.

But Lauretti has since changed course on the property, board President John Anglace, Jr., said, because parking is not as much of an issue at the center. Anglace said the mayor’s plan is to renovate and rent the home on the site to generate revenue for the city.