Sommerset Pointe to Boyne City sewer groundbreaking Tuesday Sept. 8

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The ceremony will be held at the Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club, 00970 Marina Drive, Boyne City on Tuesday Sept. 8.


It will start at 10:30 a.m.with gathering and entertainment provided by the Pine River Jazz Band.

At 11 a.m. remarks by various officials will take place to be followed by a group ground breaking ceremony.

This project, some nine years in the making, will allow for increased economic expansion in the Boyne City area while helping to improve the quality of Lake Charlevoix by allowing those properties along the project route, both in Eveline Township and Boyne City, to connect to Boyne City’s first class Sanitary Sewer System and abandon their septic systems at a time of their choosing or when necessary.

The project consists of a new sanitary sewage pumping station to be located at the southerly end of the Sommerset Pointe property, and approximately 3 miles of 6 inch diameter force main to the City’s existing pumping station on Front Street at Peninsula Beach. The force main will be installed along the west/south side ofLakeshore Drive and Front Street.

The force main has been designed to accommodate approximately 100 connections associated with the Sommerset Pointe development plus some 60 residential connections from abutting property owners in the Township and another 27 connections in the City.

The force main will include approximately 19 air release/cleanout structures.  The majority of pipeline will be installed via horizontal directional drilling to minimize surface disturbance.

The total cost of construction and engineering for the project is approximately $2.3 million. Construction will begin along Lakeshore Drive beginning on Tuesday Sept. 8.

The roadway will be reduced to one lane, with traffic control provided by temporary traffic signals to maintain two-way traffic. The majority of the project work should be completed by Nov. 15 of this year, with minor cleanup and restoration occurring in the spring of 2016 if necessary.

Residents along the route have the opportunity to have a service connection placed to the property line as a part of this initial project. They have until about Sept. 8 to commit to this.

Otherwise they will need to hire a contractor to make this connection in the future should they wish to connect. Information regarding the residential connections should be obtained from the City of Boyne City.