Woodstock abstains from sewer expansion
by Michelle Babcock
July 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — A possible sewer expansion on North Main Street was abandoned by the Woodstock City Council at Monday night’s meeting after a presentation estimated the cost would approach $200,000 for nine potential customers.

Public Works Director Pat Flood presented the cost estimate, $96,860 for six of the properties and $104,000 for the other three, and said the revenue that the city could get from the new sewer customers would not cover the cost of the project.

There are three businesses and six homes along North Main Street that do not currently have access to sewer. Both City Manager Jeff Moon and Flood said they did not recommend moving forward with the sewer project. Moon said the project was not in the budget.

The mayor and council decided to have city staff discuss the presentation findings and cost estimate with Debbie Harter, a resident who brought the original request.

The council did not take a vote, but just decided to not to move forward with the project.

“The direction is to take no direction, but to have Mr. Moon contact the one resident,” Mayor Donnie Henriques said in making the suggestion to the council to drop the project.

The expansion was researched by the city after Harter, a resident on Main Street, asked the council in June to look into the possibility of expanding sewer coverage.

Channing Ruskell, a lawyer whose office is on Main Street, and Judy Davila, a resident now on septic, were both against the project and spoke out at the meeting Monday night.

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