Manchester weighs sewer hookup offer

December 09, 1992|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The developers of Manchester Farms development offered to pay part of the cost of adding Charmill Drive to the Manchester town sewer system last night at the regular meeting of the Town Council.

Should the town accept the offer, Charmill Drive residents between Route 30 and Jamer Drive would have the estimated $12,600 average connection cost reduced by about $5,000.

The audience filled the council chamber and spilled into the hall as a lawyer representing the developers of the Manchester Farms housing development offered to absorb about $5,000 of the sewer-connection cost for those living along Charmill Drive between Route 30 and Jamer Drive.

In return, the developers are asking for assurance that they would be able to hook up as many as 310 additional homes to the sewer system.

The developer offered to pay construction costs for the sewer main, except for $2,000 per lot, for homes on Charmill Drive between Route 30 and Jamer Drive, and to pay engineering costs for the sewer from Jamer Drive to the end of Charmill Drive.

"I think it is a good offer," said Town Manager Terry Short. "I don't think we could do any better."

Should the town accept the proposal, the owner of each lot on lower Charmill Drive would be responsible for $2,000 for sewer main construction costs, $2,700 in town charges and the cost of connecting the home to the main, which could range from $1,000 to $3,000, Mr. Short said.

He said the town is looking into ways to help area property owners finance the costs.

Low-income people might qualify for Community Block Development Grants, he said, and the council might have to consider offering waivers based on financial need.

Mayor Earl A. J. Warehime Jr. asked the council to consider the offer and said it would be discussed at the next council meeting on Dec. 23.

The town wants to add homes to the sewer system because it is under a court decree levying a fine of $200 a day until the town begins using its southern sewe pumping station.

Should the town accept the offer, residents of Park Avenue Hilltop Drive and Southwestern Boulevard would not be added to the sewer system at this time.

Some residents of the areas not included in the offer complained that, while lower Charmill Drive was being offered a good deal, they were being left out.

Mr. Short told one Southwestern Boulevard resident that he didn't think that area would be added to the sewer system within the next five years.

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