Paxton council OKs sewer plan

The Paxton City Council has agreed to a plan to offer sewer service to a resident of Eastview Drive who wishes to annex to the city and hook on to the city sewer system. Meeting as the water and sewer after the regular meeting, the council agreed to a plan to install a small gravity sewer extension line to carry liquids to the nearest lift station. Residents would retain their septic tanks as a solids trap.

The only cost to the city will be the labor to install it. Residents — there are seven total on Eastlawn outside of city limits — who decide to hook on and come into the city will share the approximate $6,100 in material costs. That would be in addition to the $2,500 cost to homeowners to have pipe installed on their own property.

Months ago, resident Jennifer Fairfield made the request to the council. At least one other resident is interested as well. The park district board has agreed to grant an easement on its property to run the sewer line.

Decades ago, when subdivisions were built on Paxton's south and east sides, they were not in city limits. Over the years the council has offered homeowners the opportunity to come in and hook onto the sewer and make payments over time. Many have. The residents outside the limits have city water but pay double for it. Because of the patchwork of who is and isn't in the city, their streets are plowed by the city.

The council is expected to vote on the proposal and annex Fairfield's property in an adjourned meeting Monday, July 15. Costs to Fairfield should be firmer then.

The main reason the meeting was adjourned is to hold a public hearing and pass the annual appropriations ordinance. City Attorney Ross Sorensen took responsibility for not getting a notice published in time to vote on the ordinance this week.

Also, the council will be able to act then on a contract for some $223,000 in street work to be paid for with motor fuel taxes. The bid opening was to be July 9.

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