Manchester proposes higher hookup fees $250 more sought for water, sewer

June 24, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The Manchester Town Council introduced an ordinance last night that would raise the town's sewer hookup and water hookup fees by $250 each.

Several residents of the Charmil Drive-Southwestern Avenue area, who must pay the fees when the Southern Sewer Project is completed, asked the council to hold down its cost.

"I do not have the loot to pay for it," said Milton Abbot, 70, who has lived on Charmil Drive for 22 years. He said he is on a fixed income.

Town Manager Terry Short said he is investigating community development block grants to help low-income residents pay the fees.

Preston Patterson, of Charmil Drive, suggested running the sewer lines behind the homes instead of down the street. He said that would minimize residents' plumbing costs to hook up to the sewer.

Mayor Earl A.J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. said that would double the cost because a sewer main would have to be laid on each side of the street.

But Councilman Douglas Myers called the suggestion "valid" and said the two-line system is not unusual. The town could do an engineering and economic analysis to see if the suggestion would be practical, he said.

The proposed ordinance provides for the sewer hookup and area service charges -- a total of $2,950 if it passes -- to be spread into five yearly payments at the residents' option. A $50 administrative fee would be added.

"Nobody can afford to pay $3,000 today out of pocket," Mr. Short said.

The sewer hookup charge would rise from $1,500 to $1,750. Residents would still be subject to an additional $1,250 "area benefits charge" when they are connected to the sewer system.

The basic water hookup fee would also rise from $1,500 to $1,750. Water users served by larger service lines would pay higher hookup charges.

In a memo to Charmil Drive and Southwestern Avenue residents Tuesday, Mr. Short said sewer service would probably reach the area within the next year.

Mr. Short said the developer of Manchester Farms is expected to pay "the lion's share" -- possibly three-quarters -- of the sewer main costs.

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