Water, Sewer Hookup Fees Could Rise For Home Builders

Commissioners Look At 25 Percent Increase

June 16, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Builders of new houses in Aberdeen would pay 25 percent more to connect to the municipal water and sewer system if the Town Commissionersadopt a proposal to raise connection charges.

The proposal calls for a $200 increase in both the water and sewer connection fees, up from $800 to $1,000 for each service, Town Administrator Peter A. Dacey said.

Resolutions for the new fees were introduced at the commissioners' meeting Monday. The board is expected to act on the resolutions at its June 25 meeting.

The new fees, if adopted, would take effect July 1.

The increase would not affect the water and sewer service rates regularly paid by the town's homeowners and businesses.

Aberdeen last increased the water and sewer connection fees about four years ago, when the fees rose from $650 to $800 for each connection, Dacey said.

The new fees are expected to generate about $17,000 a year for the town, Dacey said. The revenue would help pay for several planned improvements to the water and sewer system.

Those projects include:

* A new sewer collector line on Rigdon Road in the southeast corner of town. The project, expected to be done this year, is to cost $245,000, Dacey said.

* An "equalization basin" that will hold as much as 500,000 gallons of water at the town's water treatment plant. The basin will provide a continuous flow of water into the plant.

The project's expected cost is between $750,000 and $1 million,Dacey said. Construction on the basin is to start in 1992.

The county increased its water and sewer connection fees from $1,650 to $4,100 for new houses earlier this month. The fees were increased to payfor improvements and expansions to the county's public water and sewer systems.

The county fees for water and sewer services are expected to increase 6 percent annually.


Aberdeen commissioners also are considering an increase in fees paid for sign permits. Action on that proposal is expected June 25.

Under the plan, billboards will cost $40 to build; roof signs, $35; freestanding signs, $30; facesigns, $20; and banners and marquees, $15.

The town now charges a$10 fee for all types of signs.

"(The increases) brings the fees more in line with what other jurisdictions are doing," Dacey said.

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