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Construction project causes residents in Pineville to voice concerns.


A construction project causes some residents in southwest Missouri to sound off with their concerns. 
To many, Pineville is noted for its hills.

That is the reason why construction workers are using explosives to help dig and some residents to be on edge. 

Things are shaking' up in Pineville, Missouri, physically and emotionally.
Michelle Herod, Pineville Resident, says "Nerve wracking, because its been going on for months."

Mayor Patricia Beshears, Pineville, MO, says "It should've been finished last year.   It's been a headache from day one.  But that's just the way some things are."

The city is putting in new sewer lines and in the process, connecting about 90 new homes to the system. 
Pineville's mayor says the new system will allow sewage to bypass one of the city's two lift stations.
"And we are not paying to treat our sewage twice.  It'll just be treated once.  So we've got utility bills and everything like that that will go down." says Beshears. 

But "going down" has been the problem.  Construction workers say they've tried other ways of breaking through the ground, but using explosives seems to be the only way to get through the thick layer of limestone.

For the past three days, at least two times a day behind Pineville's City Hall, the blasts may not seem seismic depending on where you're standing. 
But for Michelle Herrod, who lives about a hundred yards away, it's been more than a disturbing thud.

Things have gotten downright dangerous.  A blast had turned rocks into shrapnel.

"The contractor, for the sewer project, his vehicle was damaged.  I think there was a couple others damaged.  The only gentleman that got hurt was their foreman.  If he had thought it was going to do that, he wouldn't have been standing there." says Beshears.

The foreman was not seriously hurt. The mayor explains the project is naturally dangerous. 
Michelle Herrod wonders what's next.

"I mean houses, material things, they can be replaced.  But human beings? What if something really went wrong?" says Herrod.

Adding to some residents frustration, Pineville's city council never brought the almost two million dollar project throughout the city to a city-wide vote or discussion.

"You just can't put everything to a public forum, because you would never get any progress at all. So you think if it went to a public forum, it might not have. Oh, I think it would've still gotten done.   I think probably the complaints would've been a lot more vocal and a lot more up front," says Herrod.

The blasting is expected to last until next week, at the latest. The entire project is expected to be done in two months.

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