The Three Rivers Waste Water Treatment Plant received notice Wednesday evening that the pipeline servicing the village of Constantine was discharging raw sewage into a ditch.
The incident occurred at the intersection of southbound U.S. 131 and the newly constructed U.S. 131 bypass. City staff arrived shortly before 8 o’clock and found the discharge was from a newly installed air-release valve.
Treatment Plant Superintendent James Baker said the valve experienced an isolated failure and was taken out of service.
The initial estimated volume of the discharge is in excess of 21000 gallons. The city of Three Rivers and an environmental contractor worked through the night to recover 7,000 gallons of raw sewage, which was then hauled to the treatment plant.
The balance of the waste soaked into the new roadbed and ditches of the bypass. There was no discharge to surface waters and the MDEQ has been notified, according to Baker.
A road project in the village of Centreville is progressing toward its completion date of Saturday next week.
Nick Schirripa, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Southwest Region, said crews over the past six weeks have been working on East Main Street and creating what will eventually be a three-lane roadway through a majority of the village.
The road currently varies from two lanes to four. Schirripa said the reconfiguration will make a consistent pattern of one lane in both directions and a center-turn lane.
Schirripa said the $500,000 project will eliminate confusion for motorists who aren’t familiar with the route and where two lanes merge into one.
The city of Sturgis has issued a reminder that its tobacco-use ordinance goes into effect Thursday.
As a reminder, the use of tobacco products – including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and chew – will be prohibited on city property and its recreational areas.
An allowable use of tobacco products on city property, however, is inside a vehicle, if it is legally parked in a parking lot.
Centreville’s former department of public works director was sentenced to two years of probation after his involvement in the theft of gasoline from the village DPW garage.
District court officials said 50-year-old Randy Baker, a Colon resident, was sentenced earlier this month after he earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of embezzlement of less than $200.
The misdemeanor and subsequent sentence called for Baker to complete 200 hours of community-service work. He faces jail time if he does not complete the terms of his probation, court officials said.
Three Rivers city officials celebrated the opening of the first business on the former Essex Wire site with a ceremonial ribbon cutting last week.
Friday’s media event centered on a business called The Shop at Sheffield, owned by Central Manufacturing Services. The Shop includes maintenance and washing services, as well as an operations office for CMS.
The 11,000-square-foot facility is located on Fourth Street.
CMS’ operations site in Sherman Township was destroyed by fire in 2010.
Officials with the Three Rivers Water Festival have announced the postponed fireworks display will take place in conjunction with the city’s annual Harmony Fest.
Bad weather prohibited the display on the June 15 closing night of the Water Festival. Instead, the show will take place Sept. 1 to cap off the one-day Harmony Fest.
A makeup date was established following negotiations between officials from the Water Festival, Harmony Fest Committee, the pyrotechnics company and the City of Three Rivers.
The fireworks are expected to start around 10:45 p.m. following the final musical act of what will be the 20th annual Harmony Fest. The fireworks will be launched from Memory Isle.