Ox­ford OKs city sewer ex­pan­sion

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DAR­RYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

OX­FORD — The Ox­ford City Coun­cil voted to ex­pand the city’s sewer ser­vice to 42 homes along Emory Street at its Mon­day night meet­ing.

The new ser­vice will af­fect homes from the Palmer Stone School south to Went­worth Drive with an ex­ten­sion down Clark Street. Ac­cord­ing to Ox­ford City Man­ager Bob Schwartz, the city will need to ob­tain ease­ments from 28 home­own­ers in or­der to in­stall the sewer.

The coun­cil ap­proved plan will re­quire home­own­ers to pay a $3,600 fee to hook-up to the sewer. Those home­own­ers who pay the fee up­front will re­ceive a 10 per­cent dis­count. Home­own­ers who choose to pay the hook-up fee in monthly in­stall­ments will pay $60 a month plus a $5 monthly ser­vice fee for 60 months.

In ex­change for the 28 ease­ments needed to in­stall the sys­tem, Schwartz said the city will re­im­burse those home­own­ers up to $1,800 of the costs for hav­ing a plumber con­nect their house to the sys­tem and close their sep­tic tank.

Schwartz said the bal­ance of the 42 homes for which an ease­ment is not nec­es­sary will get a let­ter from the city say­ing that sewer is avail­able within 100 feet of their home and they have 120 days to tap on to it. He said those home­own­ers will not re­ceive the re­im­burse­ment for con­nect­ing to the sewer be­cause an ease­ment through their property is not nec­es­sary.

Ac­cord­ing to Schwartz, Ox­ford has an or­di­nance re­quir­ing all homes within 100 feet of a sewer line to be con­nected to it.

Schwartz said the work will start some­time this sum­mer.

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