Ox­ford cit­i­zens con­cerned about sewer ex­pan­sion

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

Emory Street home­own­ers came out in force to Mon­day night’s Ox­ford City Coun­cil work ses­sion to voice con­cerns about the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of the city’s sewer sys­tem.

In a wide-rang­ing meet­ing that touched on the city’s FY2018 bud­get, Ox­ford Col­lege street plans, the in­tro­duc­tion of the city’s new­est po­lice of­fi­cer and em­ployee pay raises, it was the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of the city’s sewer sys­tem that elicited the most re­ac­tion from those in at­ten­dance. Among the con­cerns is the Ox­ford city or­di­nance re­quir­ing all homes within 100 feet of the sewer sys­tem be con­nected to it. Cost was another con­cern voiced by speak­ers at the meet­ing.

“A lot of us can’t af­ford some­thing like this, “one home­owner said. “We’re a one in­come fam­ily and we can barely af­ford the bills we have now. I talked to a plumber and it’s go­ing to cost us $3,500 just to close our sep­tic tank and run lines to your sewer line. We can’t af­ford that, no mat­ter what kind of pay­ment plan you put on it.”

Another res­i­dent told the coun- cil that he had just spent nearly $4,000 to in­stall a new sep­tic tank.

“For us to have to cap it off, not to men­tion the dam­age to our yard and our neigh­bor’s yard is not very palat­able to us,” he said.

Sev­eral speak­ers said they did not un­der­stand why they were go­ing to be re­quired to hook up to the sewer sys­tem when they have not had any prob­lems with their sep­tic sys­tem.

Mayor Jerry Rose­berry thanked those in at­ten­dance for be­ing there and let­ting the coun­cil know their con­cerns. He also said the is­sue will con­tinue to be dis­cussed.

“We’re glad you’re here and we’re lis­ten­ing to you,” he said. “Con­tinue to come to the meet­ings and let us hear from you.”

The coun­cil’s next sched­uled meet­ing is June 5 at 7 p.m.

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