Septic Update: 9 Sept.

We have selected an electrical contractor for the work (Wright Electric). This is due in large part to Dave Baker’s determined efforts to find one because contractors these days seem to be saturated with work. Our choice adds about $3,000 to the project cost. While some find this high, the project team agreed that to keep the delay as short as possible and in consideration of the difficulty encountered of obtaining even one bid, we would accept it.
The total projected cost of the project is now $64,000, still well within the terms of the team’s Board directions.
We have received verbal notification that the SC DOT approved our encroachment permit for boring under State Park Road. As soon as the paperwork is received by our contractor, they will schedule the boring subcontractor work. It is this sub contractor’s availability that likely determines the time it will take to complete the project.
It is said that every journey begins with a single step. What is left unsaid is that many thousands of weary steps follow. We’re taking those slow intermediate steps now. I know we all find this extended process wearing and a bit unpleasant. Thanks all for your continued understanding and support.

The contract for our new septic system was awarded 08/06 to Roto-Rooter Plumbing and Drain Services of Greenville / Eckberg Plumbing.
The work start date is dependent on several factors including receipt of an approved SCDOT Encroachment Permit to bore under State Park Road, availability of key sub-contractors, for boring under State Park Road, and electrical work.

The Encroachment Permit was submitted for SCDOT approval by Roto-Rooter 08/13. SCDOT approval processing averages 11 days but can take up to 30 days.

Once started, the work should take 10-14 working days to complete. We hope to have a better idea of a firm start date and projected completion date by the end of August.

The final cost will be in the range of $65,000-$70,000 if no significant difficulties arise in the course of the work, such as large rocks in the path of the pipes.

There will most certainly be disruptions to our normal operations such as re-routing of traffic and the temporary use of some parking space for storing construction equipment and supplies.

Thanks for your continued patience and support.

John Melson for the Septic System Team
(Drew Daubenspeck, Bill Schulze, Dave Baker and John Melson; Steve Hull, special advisor)