Construction on phase one of a project to bring sewer to Brady Avenue residents has concluded.
Crews finished work on the first phase of the project earlier this month, Town Administrator David Caron said during the council’s Nov. 7 meeting. Caron said Public Works Director Michael Fowler confirmed the first phase of the project was complete, with crews returning next spring. Plans call for the second phase to to completed in the summer of 2018.
“Paving took place yesterday and today,” Caron said in the meeting.
The first phase included water and sewer construction from Rockingham Road up to and including house # 18 Brady Ave, Deputy Public Works Director Thomas Carrier said.
The work includes sewer service connections to the property lines, with base coat paving will be completed prior to this winter, Carrier said.
The project will cost approximately $562,000 and bring sewer to 50 properties on Brady Avenue. Of the $562,000, $487,000 will be raised by a supplemental appropriation. In lieu of a bond or loan from the state, the project will be funded through a loan to the sewer fund from the town’s undesignated fund balance.
The council members voted unanimously at their Dec. 6 meeting to approve Construction raising municipal sewer rates from $2.98 to $3.23 per 100 cubic feet. The rate increase would be effective on all sewer usage billed on or after March 1, 2017, according to officials. It marks the first sewer rate increase since 2008.
Beginning next spring, crews will continue the sewer and water construction from house #18 to house #51 for the sewer and to Berry Road for the water, Carrier said.
There are an estimated 31 properties of the 53 homes with aging septic systems assessed at $2,810. Properties would be able to finance their assessment over five years at 3 percent, according to officials.
The cost to replace an aging septic system is estimated to be between $7,500 and $14,000, according to officials.
According to state law, residents with septic systems built before 1984 are required to tie into sewer if their house is within 125 feet of the service., according to officials. These residences would benefit by potentially tying into the town sewer service, according to officials.