Sawmills will require sewer connections

Mar. 26, 2014 @ 08:49 AM

All Sawmills residents whose homes are not yet connected to the public sewer system but are within 100 feet of a line will now be required to connect, according to an ordinance the Sawmills Town Council approved Tuesday night.

But town officials hope to get a state grant to cover all tap and connection costs for residents, which can run up to $3,000 each, Town Manager Seth Eckard said.

The approval of the ordinance was necessary for the town to move forward with the application for a Community Block Development Grant to help pay for the May Road Area Sewer Project, which includes the construction and installation of a new pumping station. The project aims to fix failing septic systems that are posing an environmental hazard. More than 400 people in nearly 190 homes are in the project area. 

Councilman Joe Wesson said that the ordinance was necessary to take care of the septic problems.

“The thing is, if we don’t do this mandatory hook-up, we’re not going to get this grant. If we don’t get this grant, I’m telling you what, there’s going to be a lot of unhappy campers in this town,” he said.

Should Sawmills receive the maximum amount of funds possible for the grant, $3 million, it would be the largest grant ever received, said Eckard. Eckard added that all of the construction and new ordinances required for the grant will lead to improvement to the Virginia Acres area.