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Public meeting on proposed sewer districts contentious, informative

North Lake Road resident Claudia Johnson, center holding microphone, asked the town board to explain the benefits to lakeside residents of creating a modern sewer and water district with a multi-million-dollar price tag. Johnson was one of multiple people who spoke at the Jan. 24 public meeting.

North Lake Road resident Claudia Johnson, center holding microphone, asked the town board to explain the benefits to lakeside residents of creating a modern sewer and water district with a multi-million-dollar price tag. Johnson was one of multiple people who spoke at the Jan. 24 public meeting. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Dunkle spoke at the Cazenovia Lake Association annual meeting in late August, where he explained that the provision of sewer and water infrastructure around the lake shoreline is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition. Because of density, distances and topography, he evaluated options for providing services to four unique areas: Northeast Lake, West Lake, Overlook Terrace and Owahgena Terrace.

In order to manage such a large project, which will involve detailed evaluation of many parcels, the town board decided to proceed in stages with the hope that the success of the first district will help the remaining property owners make the decision to move forward.

The town board has agreed that the logical first district to be created would be the Northeast Lake Sewer and Water District. This district would enable extending public sewer and water service to approximately 134 properties on East Lake Road, North Lake Road, Mark Lane, Allen Drive, Cazenovia Terrace and Christian Drive. An additional 28 properties on East Lake Road from Wright Road to Hoffman Road, already connected to the sewer, would be served by public water as part of this district.

According to the town, the engineer’s preliminary costs estimates for the Northeast Lake Sewer and Water District are $2.6 million for sewers and $1.7 million for water. If the combined water and sewer projects are financed at 3 percent interest, Dunkle estimated that it will cost each property owner approximately $160 per month (for the 20 year financing option), or approximately $120 per month (for the 30 year financing option). For those 28 properties already on sewers, the cost for water is estimated to be approximately $60 per month for 20 years, or $45 per month for 30 years.

These figures assume that no grant aid is available. Any grants will reduce the costs to the property owners. The town board has said it will work with CACDA, Madison County Planning and the IDA to pursue all options for grant funding.

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