North Lincoln residents offered sewer tap deal

SALEM–Residents on North Lincoln Avenue, both inside and out of city limits, will have an opportunity to tap into the city’s sewer system at a reduced cost.

At the Utilities Commission meeting Thursday afternoon, Chairman Bob Hodgson reported a one-time tap-in fee of $8,500 will be available to residents on North Lincoln Avenue through Dec. 31. The offer will be provided to residents in the city or an annexed area as well as those outside annexed areas.

Hodgson said the offer is an attempt to assist residents whose septics are failing in the that area of town.

According to Hodgson, residents of the city or annexed areas can place the fee on their property taxes. Those outside the city or annexed areas can take the fee as a deed restriction with the property being annexed if ever becoming contiguous to the city and payment being made at that time.

Applications must be completed and received by the utilities department prior to Dec. 31.

Hodgson said no future tap-in fee reduction will be offered.

In other business, Hodgson reported hydrant flushing will begin Sunday and continue for approximately two and half weeks. He warned residents there may be some water discoloration possible during the flushing.

Flushing will be conducted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. For the approximate area being flushed each night, call the utilities billing office at 330-337-8723.

Also at the meeting, Assistant Utilities Superintendent Matt Hoopes shared information about the Canadian-based Exotech company, which uses a waterjet to descale the inside of water lines and applies a new coating to renovate the lines at a cost of $25 per foot. He said the cost to replace a water line is $100 per foot.

Hoopes said the company enters through the middle of a line because the jet cannot go through the bends of a hydrant, but that the jet can clean the city’s 4-inch lines, with a guaranteed removal of 95 percent to 98 percent of all build up.

Hoopes did not have an estimate from the company regarding possible work in the city.

The next commission meeting meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in the utilities department second floor conference room.

khowell@salemnews.net

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