Homeowner responds to proposed sewer line
August 10, 2016
In response to the Three Lakes District proposed sewer line
My husband and I have been devastated at the news of the proposed sewer line and feel we have been unfairly and unethically treated by the sewer board. We bought our land and a sewer tap over 30 years ago on the advice of both the realtor and the Three Lakes District. When we came to the board two years ago there was no sewer line to tap into and the board lead our contractor to believe they had no plan of building one. The ethical thing to say at that time would have been to tell us of their intention to build a line in a year. We could have delayed building, or instead of going to the edge of our credit limit, and using all of our savings, we could have reserved the $40,000- 50,000 that we will need to find to hook up to the new line. Instead of extending our resources to get a top notch septic tank, we could have got the cheapest available because it only needed to last a year. Shouldn't a board in charge of building and maintaining the sewage system for the district have a short term and long term PLAN. Shouldn't they have had some idea 2 years that they planned a sewer line in CR 4632. They have been unforgivably devious or terribly negligent.
The board seems to think sewer lines are more reliable than septic tanks. The EPA could send me no data to support that theory, nor did the board send me any information to show there had been more maintenance or leakage problems with septic tanks than sewer lines. Nevertheless, if the goal is to extend sewer lines, the board should be proactive in its planning. Where are the places that will probably be coming under development. Extend lines there so when individuals wish to build, they have a line to tap into. Be a public service instead of the cause of a personal catastrophe for which there is no insurance. If the board's goal is to replace all septic tanks, why this insignificant choice? For 1200 feet of line they will replace 4 tanks. Surely there is somewhere else they could get more return? If they want to replace old tanks, I can't believe our block's tanks, with a mean average age of 10.5 years, is the oldest. Every person who has a septic tank could be put on the board's whimsical hit list. You can't prepare because the board has no public long term plan. Since this line will duplicate an effective waste management system in place, I'm very skeptical that this is the best choice for putting in a line this year.
Grand County homeowner