Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Commissioners vote to create sanitary sewer improvement district on Redlands

The Mesa County Commissioners on Monday voted to create a sanitary sewer improvement district on the Redlands.

A failing septic system at two properties in the 2400 block of Broadway prompted the discussion. County staff worked with Persigo, the City of Grand Junction's wastewater treatment plant, to come up with options for the properties.

After hearing from County Senior Engineer Julie Constan, public comment from two citizens and discussion among the Commissioners, the board voted to create the sanitary sewer improvement district.

Cost to the property owners will be an estimated $15,000 per owner for the new lines, $4,200 in Persigo tap fees and an additional $1,000-$2,000 to connect the lines to the homes, Constan told the board.

The property owners can apply for $15,000 each from the county to help them pay. That money would come from the county's general fund.

"We're in a very difficult position," said Commissioner Rose Pugliese. "These costs are so high - I feel for that. In the long run, it will cost more than it does today. I don't see how we really have a choice."

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