Sugar Creek residents can expect to see scattered sewer repairs over the next year-plus, following four phases of underground video inspections over the previous year.

Ace Pipe Cleaning reported to the Sugar Creek's Board of Aldermen in November that it found 33 necessary excavations, which would cost an estimated $850,000. Two of those excavations were deemed emergency projects and were already in the works.

Mayor Mike Larson said the city anticipated some sewer repairs would be needed, as many lines were between 50 and 100 years old “reached the end of their useful life.” The question was how much and how expensive. The city has budgeted enough funds to cover the repairs, he said.

The sewer line conditions are rated 1-5, he said, 1 being the best, 4 meaning repairs are needed soon and 5 meaning repairs are “needed yesterday.” The last of four phases revealed enough necessary repairs to double the project's cost.

“We were looking pretty good after the third one,” Larson said. “Then in the last one 4s and 5s started popping up.”

HARRISON PARK: Thanks to volunteer work, the city is fixing up the bathroom/storage building at Harrison Park at minimal cost. Over a couple weekends last October and November, volunteers took off the old roof and used donated material to put a new composite shingle roof on the building.

“We all knew what we were doing,” Larson said. “No cost for that except a little blood, sweat and tears.”

Next, they will be fixing up the inside and installing new doors, at a cost of about $10,000. The city had budgeted $40,000.

Larson the city's options were to preserve the building for the next generation of citizens, tear the building down and keep the concrete pad or construct a whole new building.

GYM RENOVATIONS: The State Historic Preservation Office signed off on the city's plans to preserve the old Sugar Creek Gymnasium in October, and Universal Construction has put requests for proposals for five projects – the roof, HVAC system, electrical and plumbing, windows and doors – that would keep the building in service as a community center and rentable facility and preserve its historic nature.

A new floor could happen in the future, Larson said, but the plans right now are what the community wanted.

“Hopefully by the end of February they'll have all the projects ready to go,” he said, “and it will leave us some money for future projects.

“I'm more than willing to look at (a new floor), but it's being used.”