Sewer fee to begin on Feb. 1

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Residents can expect to see a new $4 fee on their sewer bills beginning Feb. 1 following the City Commission's adoption Thursday night of an ordinance taking over maintenance of sewer lateral lines in the public right-of-way.

Sewer Director Bill Scalf said the new ordinance calls for the city to take over operations of the laterals at an estimated cost of about $600,000. Previously, a lateral line connecting a home to the public sewer was the homeowner's responsibility for maintenance and repair. However, a blockage caused by the resident would still be the responsibility of the homeowner.

"I'd like to thank the sewer task force committee for a piece of comprehensive sewer policy we didn't have before," said Commissioner Lynn Bowers. "This is a committee of citizens who have put in a lot of work."

Residents will see the new $4 fee on their February billings statements with the first payment due by March, under to the new ordinance.

Scalf said lateral repairs will be prioritized with the understanding that lines with no flow top the list. When no-flow problems are caught up, then the priority will shift to laterals with slow-flow problems, he said.

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