ATLANTIC — The Atlantic City Council agreed Wednesday to spend just over $8,700 to study water flow around the Atlantic Golf and Country Club in the first step to alleviating a recurring problem of storm water runoff flooding the course.

Last month officials from the Country Club met with the Council and asked the city to consider installing a culvert that would prevent water from backing up into their tile lines and reduce some of the flooding which forced the club to close for several weeks during the summer. The size and cost of a culvert was not discussed.

Wednesday night the Council approved the study — to be conducted by Snyder and Associates — which will give official an idea of how much water is running through the course now.

Snyder and Associates representative, Dave Sturm told the council the study would look at the issues involving the “whole watershed” to determine the best course of action.

In other business the council approved a bid of $37,340 to replace sewer lines on Ash Street just south of 14th Street.

In August, during routine maintenance, officials discovered that eight sections of the pipe contained cracks anywhere from two to 99 inches long. In addition there are issues with infiltration and inflow causing the introduction of grit into the system. They also identified a defective area with a two-inch intrusion that has caused ground settling and large debris in addition to some buildup.

City officials say that so far the cracks have not caused any contamination or environmental issues, but they say the pipes will eventually collapse.

“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Clint Roland told the Council.

The low bid was submitted by Pierce Pump Inc. and work is expected to take about a week.