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    Westwood residents debate water, sewer extension – Valdosta Daily Times - July 1, 2017 by admin

    VALDOSTA Every day Jeremiah Lawton expects something to happen to his septic tank. He doesn't know when, but one day, he worries he is going to wake up and find his toilets overflowing.

    Lawton, president of the Westwood homeowners association, said he would love to see his septic tank replaced with a sewer system. Monday, he, along with other residents of Westwood Estates, met with theLowndes County utilities director and other county officials to discuss how much it would cost for the county to run water and sewer to their neighborhood, just west of Interstate 75.

    Steve Stalvey, utilities director, spoke to the residents of Westwood Estates about including them in the water and sewer system of the county.

    His report estimates a cost of $18,000 per resident and a cost of $1.3 million to the county, which would be paid through SPLOST. To move forward with the project, the county would need a commitment of at least 75 percent of the residents.

    Thomas Lynn | The Valdosta Daily TimesSteve Stalvey, Lowndes County utilities director, speaks to Westwood Estate residents about extending county water and sewer to their homes.

    Essentially, the county would pay to extend their pipes to the neighborhood, while the residents will pay for a sewage pump and installation of everything.

    "It's really a team effort to get this thing up and running," Stalvey said. "Ideally, every resident will commit but that's up to (them) to work out."

    At the meeting, residents were split. Some wanted to pay for county services, while others were perfectly content with their current system.

    Barbara McFarland, a Westwood resident, said she wouldn't mind having county water and sewer but she isn't willing to go into debt to get it.

    "It's just too much money," McFarland said. "I'm disabled and on a fixed income. I can't afford paying $10,000 for something I already have."

    She has had no problem with her well or septic tank, she said.

    But Shirley Garland, a Westwood homeowner, spoke about investing in the neighborhood and increasing home values. She said she was thinking of the future.

    "This is modernization," Garland said. "Just like when we switched to cellphones from landlines."

    Garland said those who don't want to switch won't have to switch, which is partly true.

    Stalvey said anyone with property within 1,000 feet of the water and sewer line of the county would not be allowed a new permit to dig a new well or place a new septic tank.Meaning even if a Westwood resident rejects the proposal and the lines still go in, they will be required to attach to the county line if something happens to their well or septic tank.

    "It's the policy that the board has adopted,"Stalvey said. "They want to limit wells and it's for the protection of the community as a whole."

    At the end of the meeting, most of the residents in attendance left not sold on the cost of joining the county system. This isn't new. The Westwood Estates community has been looking into extending water and sewer for three years now.

    The future of the project depends on what the community agrees to do.

    Thomas Lynn is a government and education reporter for The Valdosta Daily Times. He can be reached at (229)244-3400 ext. 1256

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    Carlsborg Sewer Project to finish this week – Sequim Gazette - July 1, 2017 by admin

    Paving the pump station by the Olympic Discovery Trail is one of the final projects for the Carlsborg Sewer Project. Physical work began in April 2016 and it will cost more than $9 million to finish. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

    After more than a year under construction, the Carlsborg Sewer Project wraps up this week, Clallam County staff report.

    Meggan Uecker, solid waste coordinator for Clallam County, said this week crews with contractor Pacific Civil and Infrastructure will stripe the roads including Carlsborg Road and Business Park Loop, pave the pump station, reroute the Olympic Discovery Trail and pave a portion of Hooker Road south of US Highway 101.

    About 85 sites, Uecker said, can begin connecting to the system starting July 5.

    They have until December to connect to the system, she said, but county staff are available to help people through the process. If residents do not finish their sewer by December, theyll have to renew their application and pay the current connection fee of $1,500.

    Physical work on the $9.22 million project began in April last year and was deemed substantially complete prior to an April 1 deadline this year to obtain a 0.25 percent interest rate on the $10 million state Public Works Trust Fund loan.

    The completion means water can travel through piping from the Carlsborg pump station to the City of Sequim via the Dungeness River Bridge over Highway 101 to a collection system at Grant Road and sent to the City of Sequims Water Reclamation Facility.

    Uecker said they are holding off on saying just how well the project went because county staff are in the assessment process.

    Were excited its done and ready to move into this phase (of completion), she said.

    With the project nearly complete, Uecker said traveling should be easier following the cleanup and a new center turn lane painted along Carlsborg Road.

    With it being unmarked, people were complaining of other folks not knowing where to drive, she said.

    Businesses rebounding

    Late last year, several Carlsborg businesses reported having a hard time with the construction detouring traffic away from the area, leading some to cutback on staff hours and days of operation.

    Lisa Deese, owner of the Old Post Office Sweets &Gifts, 751 Carlsborg Road, said her business has been night and day and really close to not surviving.

    It was so dead during the construction but now Im going to have to kick it into high gear, she said.

    Now that the construction is over, its been amazing. All of my customers are thrilled.

    Val Culp, co-owner of the Old Mill Cafe, 721 Carlsborg Road, previously said they were one of the businesses to cut back on staff hours but theyve gone back to pre-construction operations.

    Its definitely a lot better since the road was finished, she said. Now that its picked up, weve got our regular schedule again.

    Michael Dew, owner/general manager of Pioneer Propane, 931 Carlsborg Road, said in the winter construction made it difficult to get in and out of his business. However, his sales representative Stephanie Segle came up with the idea to introduce a loyalty card where after customers buy 50 gallons of propane in a canister for barbecues/RVs theyll receive five gallons free.

    Dew, who opened Pioneer Propane in 2009, said Segles idea helped his business stay proactive and the idea was a boost for the business.

    Logistics

    Uecker said residents who signed up before March 31 paid $500 to connect to the sewer and those who sign up before April 1, 2019, will pay $1,500. Residents who sign up after that will pay $8,000.

    A lot of sites can still connect and with a change in zoning many properties can sub-divide which may create more hook-ups, she said.

    Carlsborg sewer customers will pay a $26 base rate per residential unit and those with meters will pay $8.66 per 100 cubic feet of water used per month and non-metered customers will pay a flat monthly fee of $78.80 per unit.

    County officials estimate the average sewer bill to be around $70.

    Dew, whose business is right next to the pump station, said he was a supporter of the system early on and signed up when first available.

    It worked for the Romans and it certainly can work for us, he said.

    Culp said she and her husband Larry opted not to connect to the sewer because they spent $40,000 in June 2015 to install new septic tanks at the prompting of the Department of Health.

    I cant see paying the (connection fee) and paying to decommission the tanks, she said.

    Were going to ride it out.

    If the Culps or any homeowners/business owners with functioning septic systems not connected to the sewer system were to sell, thed have to connect within a year. Newly constructed homes also must connect to the system within a year because new septic tanks are not allowed in the Carlsborg Urban Growth Area.

    For more information on the project, contact Uecker at 417-2441 or muecker@co.clallam.wa.us and/or visit http://www.clallam.net/PublicWorks/CarlsborgSewer.html.

    Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

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    Sump pump, line inspections will be mandatory before home sales in Duluth – West Central Tribune - July 1, 2017 by admin

    Local governments also will need to make sure the property's lateral line the sewer pipe that leads from the house to the street isn't letting clean water leak into the sewer system.

    Both requirements are part of a new ordinance expected to pass the WLSSD board at their regular monthly meeting Monday, June 26.

    City officials, Realtors and home sellers can relax for the time being, however. WLSSD wants cities and townships have those new rules on the books by Feb. 15, 2019, and enforced by Feb.15, 2020. (Earlier drafts called for the ordinance to take effect as early as next year.)

    Still, the new rule is coming, and cities and townships will have to ramp up their inspection services at a cost to home sellers and/or taxpayers. With big downstream fixes in place, the WLSSD says now the best way to keep clean water out is upstream, at the start of the collection system, where homes and businesses send their sewage into pipes that flow down each street.

    Specifically, WLSSD is requiring cities and townships in its service area to pass their own ordinances requiring the owners of homes or other buildings connected to the sewer system obtain a certificate, before selling that property, that shows the sump pump is not contributing clean water to the sewage system.

    If the system is dumping water into the sewer, the home would have to be disconnected within 120 days of the title transfer. The fix can either be part of the sale price or, if it doesn't happen within 120 days, the municipality can assess a fee or surcharge on the property's tax bill.

    Either way, homes needing disconnects will pay.

    Duluth halfway there

    The so-called point of sale rule for sump pump/foundation drain disconnects from the sewage system has been required in Duluth since 2011. But it will be a new requirement for all home and building sellers outside the city whose homes send wastewater to the WLSSD plant in Lincoln Park.

    The WLSSD area includes Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, Wrenshall, Rice Lake, Carlton, Scanlon, Cloquet, the Village of Oliver in Wisconsin, Midway, Thomson and Twin Lakes townships in Minnesota, as well as areas served by the Pike Lake and Larsmont sewage districts.

    "The district has been good about backing off on their timeline to help their customers," said Caleb Peterson, Cloquet's director of Public Works. "But these are big changes coming down the line that are going to cost money. We realize it's going to be more work. ... But we also realize there's still an issue with inflow and infiltration we have to get to."

    Eric Shaffer, Duluth's chief engineer for utilities, said the city's current program of inspecting sump pump and storm drain disconnects before home sales "should meet the (new) WLSSD requirement." Already "if you sell your home today in the city, it will need a foundation drain/sump pump inspection."

    It will be up to each municipality to decide how to handle the lateral line issue. Small municipalities with fewer home sales may decide to require lateral inspections at the time of sales, just like the sump pump/foundation drain inspection. But larger cities, especially Duluth, probably will comply with the new WLSSD ordinance by ramping up lateral line inspection programs where the city inspects entire neighborhoods for lateral line leakage.

    "We are trying to be as flexible as possible and still reach the goal of reducing those peak flows," said Karen Anderson, WLSSD spokeswoman.

    Duluth could never afford to inspect lateral lines for the roughly 1,200 buildings sold each year, city officials noted. The most the city ever accomplished was 275 in one year.

    Shaffer said Duluth will have to ramp up lateral line inspections across the entire city, reaching more than 100 homes annually, to satisfy the WLSSD ordinance. The city can do the work using remote-controlled cameras that snake through the sewage system, from a manhole in the street to residents' homes. On rainy days, crews can easily see which lateral lines are allowing water to pour in.

    At that point, the city can require homeowners to stop the lateral line leaks, which can cost upwards of $5,000 to either dig up and replace or re-line leaky pipes. In past years, the city offered grants of up to $4,000. But there's currently no money in the city budget to continue those grants. That would be up to the mayor and city council to decide. If the city agreed with WLSSD to fix 100 leaky lateral lines annually, for example, that would be a $400,000 cost to the city.

    Over the past decade, Duluth, WLSSD and other municipalities in the area have spent millions of dollars to try to solve the problem of clean rainwater and snowmelt entering and overwhelming the sewage system. That overload caused overflows of untreated sewage into local streams and Lake Superior.

    Expensive fix, but overflows have mostly ended

    WLSSD and cities have expanded pipelines, added new pumps and built giant storage basins to hold the extra water that enters the system during heavy rains or spring thaws. The last big overflow tank, above the Lakewalk near Endion Station, was completed in early 2012. It cost $20 million and holds 8.2 million gallons.

    All told, the city has put more than $126 million into the effort, and WLSSD has spent another $40 million, with local taxes and state and federal grants helping foot the bill. Those numbers are for major capital expenses and don't count the city's contribution to sump pump installations in homes.

    To a large extent, the effort has worked well. The only major sewage overflow into local waters in recent years was during the June 2012 flood, a 1-in-500-years event.

    Still, millions of gallons of clean water are getting into the system after every rain. Anderson said peak flows during heavy rainfall and snowmelt events can reach eight times the dry-weather flow of wastewater to the plant, and overflows could still occur.

    City officials said they had some overflows on their end of the system during a rain event on frozen ground in March 2016, with the water coming from private homes and other buildings, not leaky city pipes or manholes.

    The ordinance being voted on Monday is not the first local rule requiring sewage inspection before building sales.

    St. Louis County has had rules on the books for decades requiring septic system inspections at the time of rural home sales, but the rule was rarely enforced because of the high cost of new septic systems. In 2014, the county moved to require sellers of homes with uninspected septic systems to set up an escrow account to pay for a new system if it's not working properly to treat sewage, a potential pollution problem for nearby waterways or wells. The escrow essentially applies to any home sales where the septic system hasn't been tested or replaced in the past 10 years. In reality, escrows will be used only in winter, when the ground is frozen and septic tests can't be done before the sale.

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    BOW acts on Ivy Hills sanitary sewers, additional sewer project – Kokomo Tribune - July 1, 2017 by admin

    KOKOMO The Kokomo Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved multiple projects related to city sewers.

    The two projects one concerning future sanitary sewers in the Ivy Hills subdivision, the other a combined sewer overflow project to be funded through a recently-approved city ordinance are expected to bring relief to subdivision residents and satisfy the citys federal mandates.

    At the meeting, the board approved sanitary sewer easements for nine properties. Currently, Ivy Hills has no sanitary sewers, something the city is hoping to change.

    While the sewer service, or Ivy Hills sewer extension, wont affect flooding in the often rain-soaked area, it will help with the subdivision's quality of life, especially during a flooding event, say city officials.

    Effectively, the sewers will allow people who currently are unable to flush their toilets, run their washer or complete other household tasks during heavy rain to operate as normal in flooding or near-flooding situations if they connect to the sewer.

    As Kokomo city engineer Carey Stranahan explained, the easements are required to install the projects pipe. While most of the sewers are in the right-of-way, there are places where the city will need to go into backyards, he noted.

    Stranahan said that once the city identifies the location of the easements, officials will meet with property owners to obtain them. The city is not being charged for the easements and still has a few left to acquire.

    The project will go out for bids in the next month, said Stranahan, and will begin in late summer. The project will likely take nine months to complete.

    While the project design was started in mid-2013, Stranahan said that obtaining easements has been very challenging, especially across the preserve property.

    It took a tremendous amount of time to work out the details due to the [Indiana Department of Transportation] easement, he continued. INDOT restored that wetland in 2011 and placed an additional conservation easement across the property that we had to work through.

    We didnt get that issue worked out until this spring. Also, there have been several residents who have been difficult to contact.

    In total, 35 percent of Ivy Hills property owners petitioned for the project and will be required to connect to the sewer, said Stranahan, noting that their share will be $6,000 per lot. Those residents will also pay $1,250 for their sewer tap fee and be required to extend their lateral to connect.

    Property owners who didnt sign the petition will not be required to connect unless their septic system fails, he added.

    During Wednesdays meeting, the board also received bids for a noteworthy CSO project.

    Bids for the project came from Indianapolis-based Wilhelm Construction for $3.4 million and Peru-based Boyer Excavating for $2.9 million. The bids were taken under advisement.

    The project should be completed in early 2018 and wont cause any significant issues for residents, as crews will be in alleys and easements, noted Stranahan.

    The purpose of the project, he said, is to reduce the number and volume of combined sewerage that enters Wildcat Creek at that point. In technical terms, Stranahan explained that the project includes placing five control structures in the CSO basin to use the pipe for storage.

    The basin itself extends northeast from Memorial Gym to the Humane Society.

    The pipe is approximately [84 inches] in diameter, so the structures are quite large, said Stranahan. In order for the system to be reliable and low maintenance, we are using special motors and actuators.

    About the cost of the project, Stranahan said, The bids were higher than our estimate, but is still better than the alternative. He added that the city is also looking at value engineering opportunities.

    Notably, the undertaking is a Long-Term Control Plan project the city has been federally-mandated to undertake.

    Such projects will be paid for through measures approved earlier this year by the Kokomo Common Council. The council approved in April roughly $23 million in bonds for local sewage projects, an action that will be funded in part by wastewater fee increases approved by the city late last year.

    The ordinance, which was approved by the council on first and second reading, continues the citys federally-mandated long-term control plans for sewage and flood mitigation. Included are CSO-related projects.

    In December, the council approved an ordinance that increased wastewater and stormwater utility costs for residential and commercial properties in the city.

    The measure amounts to a 9.7 percent increase, or $3.67 per month for the average customer utilizing 6,000 gallons, a total Kokomo Common Council Vice President Mike Kennedy called a "tremendous amount" for residential users.

    At the time, Mayor Greg Goodnight said the reason for the raise was to help the city pay for the CSO projects. In the remaining 10 years of a 20-year long-term control plan, the city has $27.7 million in costs related to CSO projects. Cash on hand will also be utilized by the city for the projects.

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    Septic Tank Pumping, Sewer Cleaning | Birmingham - June 11, 2015 by admin

    What is a Septic System?

    A Septic System is a small wastewater treatment system designed to dispose of household, biological sanitary waste. Wastewater from the home flows into the tank who's primary purpose is to separate solids (which settle to the bottom of the tank as sludge) from the wastewater before they reach the drain (leach) field. The lighter waste particles (such as hair or grease) form a type of scum which accumulates at the top of the tank until purged.

    Up to 50 % of the solids retained in the bottom of the tank decompose while the rest accumulate in the tank and require periodic pumping for their removal. After the solids have been removed, the effluent or clarified wastewater, is transported to a distribution box which splits the effluent into a series of pipes set in trenches which are filled with gravel (called the drain or leach field).

    These distribution pipes have holes that allow the wastewater to seep through the gravel and into the soil which acts as a natural filter eliminating many of the bacteria that cause diseases. Microorganisms in the soil break down many of the impurities before the filtered water flows back into the groundwater.

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 25% of US homes have tanks which treat and dispose of effluage on site, most of which last between 25-35 years if maintained properly. Improperly functioning systems can cause sewage backups, smelly pools of sludge in the yard, excessive green growth, and/or contaminate well/water supplies.

    What are the health affects of Sewerage?

    Tanks are usually designed to hold enough sludge for up to three years of normal operation. When the sludge level increases beyond its designed capacity, sewage has less time to settle before leaving the tank allowing more solids to escape into the absorption field. Sludge infiltration into the soil absorption field can result in system failure. If sufficient ground area is not available for repair/replacement of the drain field, the home could be rendered inhabitable. To prevent this, the tank must be periodically pumped (the material pumped is known as septage) to remove the sludge buildup.

    Improper maintenance by homeowners is the most common reason for failure, leading to high levels of coliform bacteria and nitrates in drinking water. Common problems associated with faulty systems include contaminated wells when the sewerage is located to close or uphill from the water supply.

    What can I do to ensure the efficiency of my system?

    Regular Inspection, Service and Pumping: The single most important factor is the regular removal of sludge and scum before it washes into the drainfield. Pumping intervals depend largely on the size of the tank, the number of people in your household, the volume of water used and amount of solids being disposed. The State of Georgia recommends regular septic pumping every 3 to 5 years.

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    Conyers Septic Tank Pumping, Cleaning, Inspections … - May 2, 2015 by admin

    Your septic system needs to be inspected regularly to ensure that it continues to provide trouble free service. Regular inspection and maintenance is cheap compared to the cost of repair or replacement of your septic system. A failed or failing septic system can also lower your property value. We recommend that you have your septic system inspected by an experienced inspector every 3 years. Septic systems with pumps, float switches, or other mechanical components should be inspected annually.

    Any of the following may indicate a problem with your septic system:

    Smelly puddles in your yard

    Soft, mushy areas in the yard

    Strips of bright green grass

    Toilets or sinks backing up when doing laundry or flushing the toilet

    Slow tub and sink drains

    If you notice any of these symptoms, you should call a sewer-septic professional and arrange for an inspection of your system.

    Our skilled professionals have been trained to identify problem with your septic system before they get out of hand, potentially saving you thousands of dollars in repairs and replacement costs. The first step in a septic tank inspection is locating the septic tank. We can usually locate your tank by using a probe or by flushing a transmitter down a toilet. Once the tank has been located and opened, our technician will thoroughly inspect your septic tank for leaks, backups, and malfunctioning mechanical components. We measure the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank, provide a written report of the condition of your septic system and let you know if your septic tank needs pumping or other maintenance.

    Call Today to Schedule Your Septic Tank Inspection An inspection by one of our trained professionals can spot problems before they occur and will help ensure your system continues to provide years of trouble-free service. Call or contact our Conyers Septic TankPumping Company now to schedule an appointment for your home or business.

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    Septic Tank Denton TX | Aerobic Tank, Sewer & Full Septic … - April 18, 2015 by admin

    Welcome to Texas Integrity Septic Pumping, Repair & Maintenance. We deliver reliable septic services at reasonable prices for homes and businesses in Denton, TX, Lewisville, TX, and surrounding communities. Whether you need septic tank pumping, sewer pumping, maintenance, or septic repair, our experienced professionals respond promptly to your call with superior service and quality workmanship.

    Is the septic full or do you have another problem with your system? We provide comprehensive residential and commercial septic service for septic pumping and septic tank cleaning, including conventional septic tank and aerobic tank services. We pump, clean, and prep the tank with treatments, haul away all sludge and use environmentally responsible disposal practices. In addition to septic pumping, maintenance, and repair, we carry out septic inspections, city sewer connections, and lift station pumping and cleaning.

    When the septic tank is full, sewerage may come through the pipes into the sinks, tubs, or showers. When you are having a problem with your system, you can rely on our professionals to respond quickly to your call. In most cases, we are able to perform same day service and emergency service, and were also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Regular maintenance of your septic system will help to prevent this problem and other problems.

    You will find additional information about Texas Integrity Septic, Pumping, Repair & Maintenance and our septic services on our website. Please contact our office at 940-479-0189 to schedule service or request a free estimate for service at your home or business in Denton, TX, Lewisville, TX, or the surrounding areas.

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    SCPH shares septic changes with Springfield - April 5, 2015 by admin

    4/2/2015 - South Side Leader

    SPRINGFIELD Springfield trustees invited Summit County Public Health (SCPH) Water Quality Supervisor Ryan Pruett to the March 26 meeting to discuss changes in regulations coming for the 33,000 septic system users in the county.

    Pruett stated the new changes, which went into effect Jan. 1, are designed to address faulty systems. [See related story above.]

    We are worried about the ditches and green space affected by failing septic systems, said Pruett. Whats new is that all septic systems will have to have an operational permit. In addition, contractors will be required to file inspection reports on septic systems they service [in the county] to Summit County Public Health.

    Pruett explained there are several different types of septic systems, including ones that release gray water or partially treated water that flows into ditches and eventually into waterways, and the changes being adopted will ensure this water is clean.

    The permits will be required beginning this spring from all National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) types and other septic systems that were installed prior to 2007 in odd years and continue with discharging systems installed from 2007 to 2013 in odd years. The permit process will continue in 2016 with NPDES systems and those installed prior to 2007 in even years and then with those systems installed from 2008 to 2014.

    The permit process will continue through 2018, according to Pruett.

    NPDES system owners will have to pay $30 for an annual permit, and all other types will pay $20 or $30 for a two-year permit, according to Pruett.

    He added that all NPDES permit holders will be required to complete required sampling, and other septic system owners must complete required maintenance. Service contractors will be required to file reports on all inspections to SCPH, and SCPH officials will monitor these reports and follow up when necessary.

    Those systems that are deemed to be failing or not working must be fixed, said Pruett.

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    Gutter Ball - March 26, 2015 by admin

    When developer Sam Dunn came before the Marthas Vineyard Commission last year seeking permission to build his bowling alley in Oak Bluffs, one key selling point was the plan to build a nitrogen-removing septic system. The plan was considered environmentally responsible because it would protect the town harbor and Sunset Lake. Yet less than a year later, Mr. Dunn changed direction on his septic plans, applying to the Oak Bluffs wastewater commission for permission to connect to the town sewer system. After heated debate last week, a divided sewer commission agreed in a two-to-one vote to grant Mr. Dunns request despite the fact that the Uncas avenue site where the bowling alley, restaurant and entertainment center are in the final stages of construction, was not an approved area for town sewer expansion.

    The advantage for Mr. Dunn is obvious: connecting to the sewer system will cost him about twenty-five thousand dollars compared to building a state-of-the art septic system at more than two hundred thousand dollars.

    But the benefit to the town is much more murky. The town sewer commission, making an exception to its own rules, effectively traded away capacity at the plant that could have been used for other projects to satisfy a single business interest.

    One of those projects involves an emerging plan to protect the Lagoon Pond by connecting private homes near the pond to the town wastewater plant. Spanning the towns Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven, the Lagoon is the most severely compromised pond on the Island due to nitrogen from residential septic systems. This year both towns have joined forces on an initiative expected to create a special overlay planning district to keep more nitrogen from entering the pond. Sewering is a primary objective of the initiative.

    Placed in that context, the action by the Oak Bluffs wastewater commission last week seems especially short-sighted. Last night the Marthas Vineyard Commission was expected to follow the recommendation of its land use planning subcommittee and agree to the change in the septic plan without a public hearing. This is especially ironic given the fact that the commission itself is embarking on a major planning initiative to protect the Islands saltwater ponds from further degradation due to nitrogen.

    The Vineyards clean environment is a major attraction for summer tourism and second homeowners who are the backbone of our economy. If Island towns cannot take a firm stand to protect their ponds, in the future we could be bowling alone.

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    Kiryas Joel adopts Draft Environmental Impact Statement for annexation; report gives no indication of growth

    Published Mar 26, 2015 at 3:08 pm (Updated Mar 26, 2015)

    By Bob Quinn KIRYAS JOEL The Village of Kiryas Joel has adopted the final scope of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for the annexation of 507 acres from the unincorporated section of the Town of Monroe into the Village.

    Now that the Final Scope has been adopted," village officials said in a press released issued by the Albany-based Corning Place Communications firm, the next step in the SEQRA process is for the Villages consultants to prepare the DGEIS for consideration by the Village Board as SEQRA lead agency. A subsequent public hearing on the DGEIS will be scheduled once it is accepted by the lead agency. The accepted DGEIS and subsequent SEQRA documents will continue to be shared publicly on the website.

    No word on developmentThe scope does not indicate what would - or could - happen if the land is annexed from the town into the village. Theres no mention of housing, schools or roads.

    Those questions are asked as part of a 13-page Full Environmental Assessment Form: Part 1 - Project and Setting.

    Under the section labelled "Proposed and Potential Development," the following questions are posed. Each is followed by a box to mark Yes and another to mark No.

    Does the project include new residential uses?

    No. Does the proposed action include construction or other activities that will result in the impoundment of any liquids, such as creation of a water supply, reservoir, pond, lake, waste lagoon or storage?

    No. Will the propose action use, or create a new demand for water?

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