Some south Headingley residents could have water and low-pressure sewer service by this time next year.
Headingley council recently approved the establishment of Local Improvement District 5 to provide water and low pressure sewer service for 45 properties located in southern sections of Alboro, Rodney and Seekings Streets, parts of Falcon and Boyda Avenues and Turner Lane. The total project cost is estimated to be approximately $1.34 million.
"The resolution adopts the plan. It is not a decision to go ahead with the work. It is only the first step in a lengthy process," RM of Headingley CAO Chris Fulsher stated in an email message.
The proposed new lines will connect to existing water and sewer lines in the area. The new lines will be installed on public property. Then it would be up to each property owner to pay the additional cost to connect their home to the main lines.
Fulsher said the connection cost varies and the municipality doesn’t require connection to the system.
"That will be the property owners’ choice, but they will still be subject to the tax levy," he wrote.
The lot levy is $1,353 over a 20-year period or property owners can prepay $14,911.
However, Fulsher said the project hasn’t been approved yet. Affected property owners will be provided with project details and a public hearing will be scheduled.
Anyone objecting to the plan can appeal to the Municipal Board, and the Board has the final say on project approval.
"If the formal process results in a decision to proceed with the project, we expect construction would begin in the spring of 2015 and be in service in the summer of 2015," Fulsher wrote.
That would mean the first tax levy would appear on affected residents’ 2016 tax bills.
Before the LID was established, the municipality conducted a survey of property owners within the district’s boundaries. Of the 40 who responded, 29 were in favour of the project. Fulsher said council was looking for a minimum approval rate of 60 percent, and received 72.5 per cent.
More information on the proposed project is available in the council meeting agendas for June 10 and 24 found under the Your Government section of http://www.rmofheadingley.ca