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SEWER SERVICE DECISION DUE BY MAY 17

Homeowners living on East Canal Road and Washington, Monroe and Lauren streets need to decide before May 17 if they want sewer service.

In a meeting of the Pendleton Town Board Tuesday night, Town Engineer David Britton briefed several residents on the cost of sewer installation. Residents said they were apprehensive about those costs.

He projected work along Washington and Monroe streets would cost $40,000, or $6,667 per home, while the East Canal-Lauren project would cost $175,000, or $8,334 for each of the 21 homes affected.

If residents approve the work, the town would handle financing for the projects, said Britton, who further explained the financing per residence.

For the Washington and Monroe streets project, homeowners could pay $581 per year over 20 years if the town obtains a 6 percent interest rate. They would pay $547 over 25 years with a 6.5 percent rate, or $537 over 30 years with a 7 percent rate.

For the project on Lauren and East Canal, homeowners could pay $727 per year over 20 years; $683 per year over 25 years; or $672 per year over 30 years.

Homeowners will get one vote on the project, and owners of undeveloped lots, half a vote, Britton said.

"Why would we not use a septic system?" asked James R. Ross of Washington Street.

"That's a mortgage payment," he said of Britton's proposed costs. "It's $22,000 for us to even do this, where a good septic system might cost you $8,000."

"That's a lot to ask people to pay. We're not a rich neighborhood," said Joseph M. Stein, of Washington Street.

Supervisor James A. Riester said letters will be going out to residents, letting them know they have until May 17 to sign documents in Town Hall, saying whether they want sewer service.

If the measure to provide sewers to either sewer district passes, even those residents who reject sewers in the voting will have to pay for the project, Riester said.

Addressing a resident's query about possible outside funding, Riester said that during the 1980s and '90s, it was much easier to get grants for such projects. However, the town is considered affluent, he said, and funding for sewers along Mapleton Road was rejected a few years ago.

The Town Board will further discuss the projects during a work session at 7 p.m. May 17 in Town Hall, 6570 Campbell Blvd.

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