Panel seeks ways to keep sewer hook up fees low

January 04, 1993|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

An ad hoc committee of Manchester residents hopes to find a way to reduce sewer hook up costs for homeowners who may be required to hook into a town sewer line, said Marian Nash, a member of the committee and resident of Charmil Drive.

The committee will meet for the first time at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Manchester Town Hall.

Residents have not had to pay for hook-ups because the town couldn't afford to build a sewer main to connect the neighborhood to its south pumping station.

But the hook-up issue surfaced when developers of the proposed Manchester Farms subdivision of more than 300 houses offered to pay part of the cost of installing a sewer line, and part of cost of sewer main construction for some houses on Charmil Drive that will be affected.

Their offer was in exchange for town approval of their request to build the houses at Manchester Farms.

Town officials have not ruled on the request. But they are anxious to resolve the sewer main issue because they are being sued by the state for not using the south pumping station, which was built with state money. Part of the reason the station has not been used is that the town cannot afford to build the connecting main.

If the main is built, the town could require 88 homeowners to pay to hook into it, Mrs. Nash said.

She said a few newer residents say they were never told they would have to pay for a sewer hook-up when the town provides one.

But she said most of her neighbors have always have known they eventually would have to hook into a town sewer line.

Still, the $12,600 estimated cost is higher than residents elsewhere in the town paid years ago when grants were available, she said.

When the Nashes' had their house built 20 years ago and installed a septic system, Mrs. Nash said, the town told them that someday they would have to hook into the sewer line when the town ran one to their neighborhood. "I remember hoping we would get at least five years use out of our septic system, and here it is 20 years later."

The $12,600 cost is based on a $2,700 fee the town charges for sewer hook-up, about $6,900 per lot to build the sewer main and $3,000 per lot to connect the home.

The work the developers have offered to finance could cut $5,000 per lot from the connection fees faced by some homeowners on Charmil Drive.

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