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SEWER BOND REPAYMENT FEE TO BE ADDED TO WATER BILLS

SEWER REPAIR PROJECT OVERVIEW

The City recently cleaned all of its sewer lines and videotaped them to check their condition.  After reviewing the videotapes of the City’s sewer lines, the City’s engineers recommended three types of improvements.

Sewer main replacement.  This is a complete replacement of sewer mains and road reconstruction where the mains are located under roads, to prevent future sewer main collapse. The estimated cost is $5.9 million.

Pipe BurstingThis method inserts a new sewer line into an existing sewer pipe, to replace old, damaged pipes in a minimally disruptive way.  The estimated cost is $3 million.

Sewer lining.  This method involves lining existing sewer mains with a durable plastic coating to prevent root intrusion and eventual deterioration of the integrity of the pipes.   The estimated cost is $3.4 million.

The exact details and parameters of the work to be completed is still in process.  However, the City hopes to have the improvements completed by 2024.

SEWER REPAIR PROJECT FUNDING

The total project cost for all identified improvements, plus the cost of issuing bonds for these projects, additional road repair work, and an inflationary factor, is estimated at $14.9 million.  The City pulls from several revenue sources to fund these types of projects, including fees collected as a part of resident water bills and the issuance of voter approved bonds.  Even with these revenue sources, additional funds will still be required to complete the recommended work.  This Spring, a 20-year capital improvement bond will be sold to assist with paying for improvements.   The bond payment will be paid back through a separate Sewer Bond Repayment Fee that will be added to resident water bills starting in April.  The rate for the separate fee is $2.35 per unit of water (1 unit = 100 cubic feet) for 2020.  A new rate will be set in May of each year.