Phase II Sewer Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
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Can you speak briefly to the Phase 1 line on Valley Road? I’ve heard there is an issue with an underground stream impacting the original plan. Is that true? If so, can you speak to the solution? Thanks.
I'll ask Ken Kohlbrenner to address the question.
What is the proposed timeline for phase II?
Can you give a bit more info on the timing? The referendum would be in the fall. If it went forward, when would we likely be seeing construction?
For how long will the yearly cost be guaranteed to stay at $550 to $700?
I have several questions. Can you explain the benefits of hooking up to the sewer that a homeowners enjoys compared to their current septic? If a homeowner has recently invested money in their septic system, does it still make sense to opt in to the sewer? Will any other sections of Town have access to the sewer? Are home values increased due to the sewer vs. septic? Can the Town get a NYS EFC loan or issue an additional bond to cover the costs of the hook-up which would then be paid back by property owners? Does a property owner need additional insurance coverage on their homeowner's policy to cover the cost of installation or use over time?
And can you please say a bit more about the changes to indoor plumbing. Would pipes need to exit the front of the house?
To clarify, when you say "have to connect," are you saying that we would be REQUIRED to connect? Or would we have the ability to opt out?
BTW thanks to Supervisor Burdick, the TOB board and staff for getting Phase 1 of the sewer project underway during these challenging times. Katonah has needed sewer infrastructure for over a century! :)
Is there a possibility to get a more accurate one-time sewer connection cost estimate for homeowners? Some houses may have much more distance to cover than others and varied plumbing setups.
1. thank you so much and we are fully supportive.
2. in our instance the annual costs appear to be less than cost of septic cleaning
3. is it possible that the private line already exists 5’ from the existing house? is home owner responsible to decommission the septic tank?
4. can you address the reasons why downtown chappaqua took so long to repair temporary condition back to permanent condition, like new again.
What are the factors used to calculate the yearly cost/sewer rents, other than water usage and assessed value, that may change the cost for the first year, and over future years.
G. S. Almasi
Phase 2 would require digging up all the surrounding streets, like the Terrace, right?
Rhea & Craig Johnson
Beyond upkeep, if the Sewer District incurs a liability for some unforeseen incident, are the individual homeowners in the district liable or otherwise responsible? Thank you
Since Phase II is uncertain and years away, I, and possibly others, would like to hook up as an out of district in Phase I. How do I make that happen so they can dig the lateral when they are in front of my house.
Thank you for addressing my question about indoor plumbing changes. But I've heard 2 different things: 1) the cost would be covered until it's 5 feet from the septic tank and then the homeowner pays for 5 feet and any landscape or hardscaping. 2) the cost is covered to within 5 feet of the front of the house, pipes need to be rerouted to the front of the house. Can you please clarify which is accurate?
What plans does the town have to assist property owners within Phase II that are income constrained to meet the upfront connection cost?
is there a way for homeowners to find out what their cost of connecting, etc. BEFORE the vote?
G. S. Almasi
Not sure my question was seen about ripping up The Terrace and all the other streets in the Phase 2 map?
Thanks for this very informative session. What email address do we use for additional questions?
The town has the best overview of what has to be done. Going to 3 or 4 different contractors at this point is going to be a case of “it depends”. The town should make experts available to give each homeowner what the cost might be.
G. S. Almasi
To figure out whether the septic pipe run requires a pump or sufficient drop in gradient to the sewer under the road is there a estimate on how deep the sewer will be under the road or is that specific to the property/location? Did I hear 6”?
Ken Kohlbrenner, Woodard & Curran
Getting guesstimates would be extremely helpful, if they came from the town.
We recall there is a 15 percent capacity buffer in the plan. Can you explain? If there are new requirements placed on the plant, and it needs to be replaced, how will that cost be allocated?
G. S. Almasi
How many months from the start of ripping up The Terrace to the final paving?
Kevin Winn DPW Commissioner
Kevin Winn email@example.com, 914 241 2458 Thanks!
Melanie and Joe
What about trees on town property (and its roots) that are in the way to the sewer line?
You may have already said this — but as I understand it, The Terrace be torn up whether or not the phase 2 sewer connections happen to connect the loop back to Bedford Road? Or is it only if phase 2 happens?
I've been impressed that the disruption is so minimal for the current work
Thanks all! Great information!
G. S. Almasi
You must be unable to hear the cars that hit those steel plates at 3AM at high speed!
G. S. Almasi
Also, Valley Road isn't done !!
I love the idea of getting onto the sewer. I'm definitely for it...EXCEPT that my waste system is in the rear of an old house, my basement is finished, and I think it's going to cost me a LOT to get the pipes done.
The capital cost and the yearly cost is high for our church (13 Bedford Rd)
To George's concern -- yes, those plates on Valley are an issue! But there is no culvert under The Terrace.
I'm not convinced the benefits outweigh the costs, particularly comparing the costs of maintaining my septic over the past 20 years. Bonding the cost and spreading the upfront payment out over the long term would help.
This is a worthwhile project and worth supporting. Homeowner Capital cost is significant - might there be an option for a payment plan?
Thanks Chris. I will definitely be exploring it more. I definitely want to vote yes! I hope the cost is manageable. I wish it was going to be sooner.
For a property with a large modern well-functioning field there are fewer benefits but having a more hygienic and sustainable environment is a plus. If sewer connections increase assessments and property taxes that would be unfortunate
Although our cesspool is in great shape, we are excited about it! Our concern is that our cesspool is about 40feet from the front of the house, and the cost will be greater than the estimate. We will contact a contractor to get more information.
Cameron’s are on board
Andy Kuhn and Rachel Asher strongly support this plan and want to applaud the Town's hard work. We are very concerned about the cesspools and septics polluting the reservoir--serious environmental issue. We are most concerned about any neighbors who cannot afford the hookup and annual costs and would be ahppy to help with research into any possible grant programs or not for profits that could help those who need the help
Great information - we recognize that everyone has different circumstances but we are a strong yes. Have always dreamed of a sewer and our septic is limping along.
I am going to start a Facebook group for these 89 households to share information. please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get an invite.
The Guariento family is on board!
Thanks Rachel, I’m in.
The design doesn't seem like an unknown. People know where the hookup is if they get their tank/cesspool pumped.
I can't seem to get on video or on the audio--so if someone can pass on my email I can finish putting together an email list and facebook page? email@example.com
Love that idea. Thanks. As a corner property, you will definitely have a lower cost. And a consortium seems very wise.
For a backyard cesspool, do the pipes run out the back and around to the lateral, or through the basement and out the front?
Chris, I hear that you are saying the Town couldn’t help financially even if you wanted to. Is there any sort of tax relief or alternate way to make it less financially burdensome?
G. S. Almasi
I'm interested in Bruce's question
They said that the plan will be individual -- either you redo your pipes inside or run them outside.
Thank you all! Bye!
Thanks so much