Proposed policy change would eliminate private sewer repair costs

Friday, February 22, 2008 | 6:50 p.m. CST; updated 7:25 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

COLUMBIA — City Manager Bill Watkins is proposing a change in policy that would eliminate the cost for repairs shared by residents whose homes are connected to private sewer lines.

Currently, residents are required to pay half of the cost for fixing or replacing sewer lines that are damaged or deteriorated.

Under the proposed policy, the city would focus on individual problems instead of the current practice of repairing large areas, such as blocks or streets, at one time.

“We could target more definite problems rather than replace whole lines,” Watkins said.

The city could use the same amount of money it currently puts into repairs toward specific projects to relieve residents of the cost, Watkins said.

Watkins plans to introduce the proposal to the City Council at its work session Monday night. If the council gets behind the idea, the next step would be to write a formal policy to be presented at a City Council meeting.

“I hope (the) council will be supportive of using our money in the best possible way,” Watkins said.

The work session is open to the public and will be at 6 p.m. Monday on the fourth floor of the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

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