Archbold, OH

Town Council Buys New Sewer Camera

Archbold Village Council opted to spend $59,675.96 to replace its 10-year-old sewer camera at the Monday, Jan. 4, meeting.

The camera is mainly used to inspect underground sewer lines, checking for obstructions in the pipes.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the old camera developed a problem with its iris, a moveable diaphragm that controls the amount of light entering the camera.

The company said it could only be fixed once; after that, parts would not be available.

Howell said village officials looked into the possibility of leasing a new camera and associated equipment. After a close look at the numbers, Howell said the interest rate on the lease was too high.

Instead, it was decided to purchase the camera from Mtech, Cleveland.


The old camera recorded images on videotape. The new machine will record images on DVD, which Howell said will eventually be placed on the village computer network server.

In addition to the camera and associated video equipment, Howell said the company agreed to install the new camera equipment in the village sewer cam trailer, and train village workers on its use.

He said the firm agreed to trade in the old camera for $9,000.

Howell said from personal experience, he knows sewer cameras have saved millions of dollars. Rather than replacing all old sewer lines, village officials can evaluate the condition of an underground pipe, and only replace what’s necessary.

He said 10 years ago, renting a camera system cost $1,000 per day.

The village rents the equipment to surrounding communities, and will inspect sewer lines for residents free of charge.

Water Plant Problem

Howell told council members an old valve in the Archbold Water Treatment plant has broken, and village offi- cials aren’t quite sure how to fix it.

Workers try to open and close, or “exercise,” every valve in the plant at least once every two years.

The value in question, which dates back to 1981, is 30 feet underground. A long shaft leads to the surface.

He said when workers tried to exercise the valve, a shear pin at the base of the shaft broke. Fortunately, it broke with the valve in the “right” position, he said.

If workers need to dig a hole 30 feet down, Howell said an underground chamber will be built so the broken valve, and others, can be accessed.

He estimated such a repair could cost $100,000. –David Pugh

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