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Council looks at planned sewer line extensions
Staff to develop job order contract for future projects

The Chino Valley Town Council got a look at plans for some strategic sewer line extensions at its Tuesday, July 16, study session.

One of the projects involves a cul-de-sac called Smith Court, located before Road 1 West on Center Street. It’s an example of a cluster that comes up with developments outside of subdivisions, Public Works Director Frank Marbury said. Along the sewer line on the cul-de-sac, a developer had come in with the intention of building houses on the two lots next to Center Street, Marbury said.

“Well, per our code, those are close enough to require sewer hookup and extension to the farthest end of the property,” he said. “We looked at if we got contractors out there what would it take to go ahead and extend all the way into that cul-de-sac and serve all of these lots except for the exception of the house that’s already there.”

Doing so would cost about $50,000 to $60,000, Marbury said. However, Finance Director Joe Duffy said the town would collect $6,000 from each connection fee. The town would have to front the cash to do the project, but would get back double the money as well as sewer customers once the houses are built, making it only a matter of time, Duffy said.

A similar project is located off of Perkinsville Road where a 10-acre parcel has been split into 13 lots and that would cost about $90,000 to $100,000, Marbury said.

Both projects will be brought to council in the future as individual projects, Marbury said. Staff will also develop a job order contract for similar projects in the future which will also be brought to council.

Council looked at a major sewer and water project as well.

Commercial developers want to develop on Road 2 North all the way up to Del Rio Elementary School and the parcel to the southwest of the school, Duffy said.

One of the manufactured homes dealers is dealing with the property owner to develop about 120 lots and they want water and sewer going out to that property, he said. Though the numbers haven’t been run yet, Duffy estimated the project would take about $1.2 million. The town might have to borrow money to do it, but if the developer was eager, they should be putting a significant portion of the money down, making the amount the town borrows a lot less than the full price of the project.

“It’s just a concept now,” he said. “I’ve seen these type of development districts set up before and sometimes it might take 10 or 15 years for a development to come in but the properties are liened and eventually the town does receive all of its money back, depending on how it’s set up.”

Marbury said staff is working on getting a cost estimate.

It’s going to be done sometime in the future, said Mayor Daryl Croft, with Vice Mayor Jack Miller stating the developers have to be significantly invested and committed to the project before the town goes out and spends money building pipes to nowhere.

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