Municipal Sewage Connection Project.

July - August 2014

Roger Austin email 6/ 18 /14

If all goes as planned, work on installation of the pump station near the bathroom and the sewage line will begin on Friday, June 20. This Friday we will have the Kobelco excavator from Kelly Farms (delivered by Connor Burke) operated by Jim McGraw, a front loader from Jim Curtis operated by Ken Tupper, and the Army truck operated by Bob Smith. Other qualified standby operators will be welcome. Bill Bartlett and Wayne Hill have made another fix on the truck’s fuel system, and it seems to be doing well. Ken Tupper’s John Deere will be at home but available if needed. In this phase of work we will dig a ditch from the edge of the terrace near the box trailer back toward the bathroom. Sand will be placed in the ditch to bed the pipe and cover it when the joints are installed.


As the ditch passes between the Maple Sugar House and the Horse Building we will encounter two buried power lines: the house to Maple House and the Maple House to Horse Building. In that same area a T will be installed to provide for the future connection of a small toilet facility in that area. A capped riser will be added so it can be easily located in the future. By Monday morning we should be ready to install the pump tank. Kevin Finnegan will organize a crane to help lift the tank and set it in place. Paul Moore will be available for instruction on proper placement and alignment.

Once the tank and sewage lines are covered, this phase of work will be concluded. Work can then begin on installing pumps, plumbing, and electricals in the tank for future connection to the existing holding tanks. Work to complete the installation of the sewage line from the box trailer to Hwy. 310 will resume after the crops in the lower field are harvested. In a couple weeks I will go back to those who have expressed interest in boring under Hwy. 310 and installing a new manhole on our side of the highway. I’ve talked to Town Hwy Supt. Bill Barkley and will keep him informed as we progress.

The Museum has agreed to make a substantial contribution to the overall cost of construction. This will mostly be in the form of in-kind labor and services (loan of equipment). It will be important to keep track of hours worked by volunteers and the days of use of loaned equipment. Time-keeper Lee Williams will be there, and it will be important for volunteers to “clock-in” as we go.

Maurice Campbell and Myron Langford will try to be there, but other volunteers will be welcome Friday and Monday and perhaps Saturday as needed. Those bringing pointed shovels will be especially welcome. Roger

PS: Kevin advises that the lower field has been no-till planted right up to the apple orchard. Please take care to keep traffic off this area. Thanks.

Roger Austin = July - Aug 2014 newsletter

The first phase of construction of the sewage line project has been completed. During June the concrete pump station shell was connected to the sewage line which is buried as far as the edge of the terrace near the Maple Sugar House, a distance of 700 feet. The concrete structure has been buried, and work will continue with the removal of rocks, grading and smoothing the ground, and planting grass in time for the fall show. The balance of the pipeline will be buried as soon as the crops are off the lower field. Pumps and valves and other guts of the pump station are on hand and will be installed soon. Efforts will get underway to get the manhole and bore completed at Hwy. 310. Lee Williams was the time keeper and sand raker, Ken Tupper was the loader operator and chief landscaper, Jim McGraw operated the hydraulic excavator, Maurice Campbell was digger and pipe coupler, Bob Smith was Army truck driver and digger/coupler, Bob Bixby was Army Truck driver escort and pipeline coupler, Wayne Hill operated the Army Truck and was digger/coupler, Roger Austin was gopher and planted grass with wife Carol. Wayne Day and Ted Schulz repaired the damage to the buried power line. Paul Moore showed us how to giterdone. Major thanks go to Kelly Farms for the loan of their Kobelco excavator, Jim Curtis of LeBerge & Curtis for the JD 544G front loader, Ken Tupper for his JD 5055 tractor/loader/rake, and R&S Construction (Robert and Bernard Reed) for a bargain transport of the Ko-belco. The concrete pump station components were set in place by a crane from KT Power, Inc. (Bill and Marcia Tiernan) and operated by Gary Thomas (a draft horse puller). Gary Sayer, our farming neighbor, spread hay on the newly seeded ground. Thanks also to the Madrid Rescue Squad who lent us a hand when needed. When completed, the Museum’s sewage system will be connected to the Town of Madrid’s waste management system.