Snowmelt system checks out

Despite concerns recently about a snowmelt leak on Harbor Island, city officials say that there aren't any problems with the system.
Alex Doty
Nov 30, 2012

"We were concerned that it might be leaking under there," City Manager Pat McGinnis said. "It was a pipe not part of the snowmelt."

On Nov. 19, City Council authorized spending as much as $20,000 for emergency repairs to the snowmelt system.

McGinnis said that city officials had just found what looked to be a leak that day when they asked City Council to proceed with a emergency expenditure.

"I had to go to them with the most current details that I had," McGinnis said. "In this case it was a false alarm."

McGinnis said that after crews dug up the area, they discovered that it wasn't a snowmelt line that was leaking, but instead a line for the Board of Light & Power.

"It's something that had been there long before the snowmelt," McGinnis said.

McGinnis noted that "not a nickel" of the $20,000 authorized by City Council had to be spent.

"The system is performing as expected and at peak efficiency," McGinnis said. "We're very happy and we're back on track."

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