Tonight's BHS games last to be played at different venues

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December 11, 2012

If things go as planned, Tuesday’s basketball games will be last Baldwin High School contests moved to different venues because of sewer problems in junior high school locker rooms.

Baldwin High School’s varsity girls and boys games and the girls junior varsity games scheduled for Tuesday were played in Collin’s Center on the Baker University campus because of work to correct the sewer problems. The freshmen games and boys junior varsity contest will be played in the Baldwin High School gym.

Games in last week’s Bulldog-Wildcat Classic were played in Burlington rather than Baldwin as scheduled. USD 348 Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the two schools swapped years hosting the tournament, and Baldwin will have the tournament next year.

Dorathy also said A&H Air Conditioning and Plumbing of Baldwin City is expected to finish work to correct the sewer problems this week.

“This got bigger than we thought,” he said. “It was supposed to be done in a week’s time. As soon as we get it done, we’ll be back in business and get in there and use those locker rooms.”

Dorathy said the problem was discovered after the district twice brought in a contractor to clear the sewer lines. When the sewer backed up again after the second cleaning, the contractor used a camera to investigate the condition of the lines.

The problem was traced to ground water collecting in the area below the locker rooms, which contributed to the collapse of 40-year-old sewer lines, Dorathy said

“It was evident the lines were collapsed and had to be replaced,” he said. “We found there was quite a bit of underground water in the area. We added a fairly large injector pump to clear the water.”

Sections of the concrete floors in the locker rooms had to be removed to provide access to the collapsed lines, Dorathy said.

Although he had a “ballpark figure,” he didn’t know the final cost of the project, which would increase with the need to move electrical lines, Dorathy said.

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