Riverside sewer expansion negotiations ongoing
by Elsie Hodnett
Nov 04, 2010 | 830 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials are finalizing negotiations that will bring a much-anticipated sewer expansion to Riverside.

“The town and the sewer board are committed and we are committed to getting this sewer expansion agreement finalized,” said William Ellison, who along with Bobby Smith Jr. are the developers for the Sugar Farm Hills subdivision.

“We need the sewer and water committed to move forward, and I have sewer and water commitment letters,” he said Wednesday. “We are in the process of finalizing the documents.”

Ellison said preliminary plans for the Sugar Farm Hills subdivision feature 825 lots, which will be built in phases.

“We anticipate finalizing everything by the first of the year, or sooner,” he said. “Lot construction could begin after the first of the year.”

Ellison said it should take approximately nine months to a year to complete the lots and run the sewer trunk line to the development.

“The trunk line will come through Depot Street,” Councilman Jimmy Hollander said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Hollander said the town has already made arrangements to connect town hall and other town buildings to the sewer system.

“This is something we have discussed for quite a few years,” he said. “It looks like everyone has come to an agreement in the negotiations, and we hope to get it all straightened out by the first of the year. This sewer expansion will make a lot of difference here.”

Also at Tuesday’s council meeting, Mayor Rusty Jessup said the town has not received the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permit as was announced at the previous council meeting.

Jessup said once the town does receive the FERC permit, the town can move forward with planned expansions to Riverside Landing. Planned improvements include building boardwalks, replacing the floating gasoline pier with a new Environmental Protection Agency-approved marine gasoline pump and rip-rap work for bank protection.

“We got approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, but are still waiting on the FERC permit,” he said. “We need approval from both.”

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.

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