Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hundreds Are Getting an Option for Sewers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Hundreds Are Getting an Option for Sewers

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Nearly 430 homeowners whose septic sewers are in danger of failing will get a chance to decide at the polls in November whether to take advantage of low-interest, 20-year loans to enable their neighborhoods to hook on to a public sewer system.

An additional 143 homeowners will have the opportunity to make a similar decision in the February election.

Thanks to a cooperative effort by St. Charles County government and the Duckett Creek Sanitary District, a concerted campaign is under way to identify neighborhoods in the county where septic sewer systems are in jeopardy, often because the soil lacks the absorbency to filter effluents.

The campaign - dubbed Septic Tank Outreach Program, or STOP - is administered by Duckett and is financed by a $250,000 loan from the county's use-tax fund that is to be repaid at the end of the campaign.

Archer Engineers, a consultant company under contract to Duckett Creek, has begun the campaign to line up neighborhoods where septic systems are a problem and to gather the information needed to project the overall costs to individual homeowners.

At a briefing Tuesday at the STOP office in Weldon Spring, Dan Slickman, vice president for public affairs for Archer Engineers, listed the first-phase communities that are expected to vote on whether to set up a Neighborhood Improvement District. If such a district is approved by voters in the communities, all homeowners in the district will be liable for their share of the cost of connecting with a nearby public sewer system.

Here are the subdivisions, followed by the number of houses in each, where homeowners can cast ballots on the project in the Nov. 4 general election:

* Lake Charles, 130.

* Glenbrook/Shady Estates, 27.

* Timberlaine Trails and Highland Trials, each with 65 houses.

* Gutermuth, 18.

* Oak Forest Hills, 23.

* Ebert Lane, 18.

* Oak Ridge Estates, 82.

The Neighborhood Improvement District propositions in the November election require a two-thirds majority for passage.

Tentatively scheduled for the February 1998 election is a district for Weldon Spring, with 143 houses. In that election, a four-sevenths majority is needed for passage. …

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