Sewer line extension costs released

SALEM – The completed Painter Road, Brooklyn Avenue and Depot Road sewer line extension project will cost each affected property $7,056.75, to be paid either in a lump sum or as a tax assessment over 15 years at 5 percent interest.

Utilities Superintendent Don Weingart updated members of the city Utilities Commission on the project Tuesday.

Property owners can expect a letter soon from the city of Salem Utilities Department detailing the cost and the methods of payment at their disposal. The total does not include the cost of hooking into the line.

Perry Township residents in those areas had asked trustees for help in getting sanitary sewer extended to their homes several years ago. After some considerable discussion, a search for funding and two bidding processes, the project was finally completed this year.

The Columbiana County Engineer’s office handled the project, with Perry Township trustees contributing $84,000 through an Ohio Public Works Commission grant. The Salem Utilities Commission agreed to loan the rest of the money needed for the project and have the money repaid by the 26 affected property owners over 15 years with interest. The city will own the sewer lines and the property owners will be the city’s customers.

To date, Weingart said 12 households have connected. All 26 households will be assessed for the cost, whether they connect to the system or not.

The total cost of the project was $267,975.62. After subtracting the grant and $500 to be paid by the Calvary Baptist Church for the sewer lateral to the parsonage house on Depot Road, the total cost to be assessed totaled $183,475.62, to be divided by 26.

Last month, the commission agreed to extend the deadline to Feb. 28 for property owners to pay the lump sum without interest. If a customer pays the lump sum anytime between March 1 and July 31, then 5 percent interest will be tacked on to the bill.

By mid-August, households which have not paid will have the total cost placed on their property taxes as an assessment over 15 years at 5 percent interest.

In other business, the commission agreed to grant a new water service line for a building at 531 Sugartree Alley, pending the granting of an easement from Second Street to Sugartree Alley by the property owner. C.I. Ohio Ltd. owns the former Zimmerman Auto at 170 S. Lundy Avenue (also at the corner of Second Street) and the building off of the alley, but wants to sell off the smaller building on the alley. The problem is the water comes from the larger building, so a separate service line is necessary, requiring an easement to hook the service line into the water line along Second Street.

The commission tabled a decision on whether to extend a sewer line on 11th Street to serve eight homes or to allow Fawzi Rasul to extend sanitary sewer for a now vacant lot on 11th Street across his Pearce Circle property to the Pearce Circle sewer line via an easement. Rasul was thinking of buying the vacant lot, with the understanding the lot would have to be annexed into the city. His Pearce Circle property is already in the city.

Weingart had suggested the extension of the sewer line along 11th Street to possibly serve more homes, estimating it would cost the city about $133,000 to go 1,050 feet.

The commission also set new construction cost recovery rates for several project areas. The new rates would have to be paid by any new construction projects requiring service in those areas.

Council President Mickey Cope Weaver attended the meeting and thanked the department, the commission, Weingart and Assistant Superintendent Matt Hoopes for everything, saying she enjoyed working with them the last four years. Weaver’s term ends Dec. 31.

The next commission meeting is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 14, at which time the commission will reorganize for the new year.