Knoxville — Assistant City Manager Dylan Feik shared this information earlier today:
"On Tuesday, July 9, Baker Group will be closing down E. Marion Street in Knoxville, to complete a private sewer repair at Wells Fargo Bank. They will be removing street panels as part of the work. The street closure will begin on Tuesday, July 9, and will be re-opened to traffic by Monday, July 15."
The Journal-Express had some follow-up questions for Feik. Here is the text of that exchange:
What was the problem with the private sewer?
The problem was a sewer backup. A private sewer connection, or sewer lateral, is the piece of sewer infrastructure which runs between the sewer main and a building on private property. While the City owns and maintains the sewer main, it is the private property owner who owns/maintains sewer laterals. Sewer backups are typically caused by breaks or blockages in the private sewer lateral. A new sanitary sewer line will be installed which will run from the sewer main to the building.
Is the City paying for these repairs?
In an issue such as this, the property owner is responsible for repairing their private sewer connection which includes the cost of replacing the street if it needs to removed and/or replaced.
Does the City have a role in this repair? If so, what role did the City play? Was the City somehow responsible for the issue?
The only role the City has with is to issue a Right-Of-Way Work Permit and Plumbing Permit (which includes an inspection). This is not a City project, nor does the City incur costs with this sewer break/blockage. From time-to-time, these issues arise and the City works quickly to ensure the property can be reconnected to the sewer main as quickly as possible. This usually includes closing down streets temporarily to correct the problem.