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Sun, June 16

Chino Valley moves ahead with final phase of sewer project

CHINO VALLEY - This past week, the Chino Valley Town Council approved a $5,325,664 contract with Fann Contracting to complete the third and final phase of the Chino Meadows Community Sewer Project.

In a 6-0 vote with Mayor Karen Fann absent, the council agreed to the contract, which the town will pay for using both loan and grant money from the Rural Development Authority, a federal agency, and the state's Water Infrastructure Finance Authority.

The town has already paid $2.986 million for Phase I - which accounted for nearly all of the design costs - and $5.07 million for Phase II of the project, bringing the total price tag to nearly $13.4 million.

Crews completed the plant upgrade for the town's wastewater treatment plant this past Monday and Tuesday.

This will allow Fann Contracting to resume hooking up homeowners into the sewer line starting this week. Town Engineer Ron Grittman said work crews want to complete 10 to 20 hookups per day until the project is finished in this high-density community on the east side of town.

He added that just 10 connections remain undone in Phase I.

For Phase II, crews have put all of the main line pipes in place, allowing for hookups to begin on each of its 500 homes within Chino Meadows.

At the beginning of the year, the town had to suspend tying homes into the sewer system until the wastewater treatment plant underwent an expansion.

This past Friday, Fann Contracting started building the main line for Phase III, located in the Chino Meadows I neighborhood and the so-called "railroad" section to the east.

"All three phases are moving at the exact same time," Grittman said. "Now we will run full speed ahead. We are on schedule to complete the entire project by September."

On March 1, some 200 to 220 Chino Meadows residents who are hooked into the sewer system began paying $40 per month to the town in addition to a $1,380 buy-in fee.

In total, 1,170 of the community's residents eventually will hook into the town's sewer system.

Beginning in January 2009, residents will pay $45.20 per month. In January 2010, they will shell out $48.40 per month.

The town will use the money from the buy-in fees and the sewer rates to re-pay its loans to the Rural Development Authority and the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority.

Eventually, the town wants to buy Chino Meadows' private water system for a projected $2.087 million, Grittman said.

The town currently has 446 water customers and plans to add hundreds more in the years ahead.

"Over the next six years we have developed a strategy that will enable us to acquire the private water companies (in the town) and put out the appropriate capital expenditures to connect everything together," Grittman said.

Contact the reporter at dcook@prescottaz.com

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