Sewage issues aired

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By LENORE RUTHERFORD

Something stinks on Baker Avenue.

Overflowing sewage and a powerful stench were among complaints aired by residents at yesterday's Tuolumne Sanitary District meeting.

One night last month, said Linda Polzoni, raw sewage rose from her toilet and bathtub.

She immediately called the Tuolumne Sanitary District for help, but it was at least 13 hours before anyone arrived, she said.

Meanwhile, her home flooded with several inches of sewage.

Her complaint and others dominated the yesterday's meeting, as directors and residents discussed district staffing problems.

Jeff Mann, the new district manager, said he plans to look into the complaints and to come up with a maintenance program to head off such problems in the future.

Polzoni wanted assurance that what happened at her home, at the Madrone Street corner, won't happen again.

Steve Artzer and Jim Marr, long-time Baker Avenue residents, told directors that the problems are years old and must be corrected.

"There is something wrong with the main line at the intersection of Baker and Carter," said Marr. "I've been there for 37 years, and almost everybody on the line has had trouble at one time or another."

District secretary Alice Caldera is authorized to call a plumber for emergencies, and did so on the night Polzoni called.

But help didn't arrive until the next day.

That might be why the house was so badly flooded, Artzer said.

Normally, one of the two district plant operators responds to emergencies. But Charles Mosely had quit and Danny Tuel was on medical leave.

Since then, the district hired Mann as chief plant operator. Yesterday, directors promoted him to district manager.

He said he would meet with Polzoni today to help solve her problem.

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