City urged to set policy on public, private sewer lines

By FRED LUCAS State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The City Commission has no policy on sewer laterals, and will at some point have to decide on one, members agreed at a Saturday public forum.

Meanwhile, the standard procedure over the past decade has been to require the property owner to be responsible for sewer lines in the public right-of-way If those lines extend from their property. That policy stood until last fall when the commission voted to repair a problem on Hillwood Drive.

"We've dealt with this for years and we've never been able to get the city to address it," David Watkins, one of many local plumbers in attendance, said just before the meeting. "If it goes to the property line the city should be responsible for maintenance. If it's on the property it should be the owner's responsibility."

Another local plumber, Pat Hancock, said there was a time when the city would repair laterals on public streets.

"Only in the past 10 years has the city said we don't own the laterals," he said.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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