Residents to pay $2,250 per sewer lateral
By Bert Lehman
The Clintonville Utility Board approved levying a sanitary sewer lateral assessment of $2,250 for property owners who have sewer laterals in the Maize Street reconstruction project.
At a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, city of Clintonville Water and Wastewater Manager David Tichinel explained the assessment. He said there are 18 sewer laterals that will be affected. These are located on Maize Street from E. Madison Street to 7th Street, and Paulina Street.
He said the original estimate for the assessment for each lateral was $3,270, but after the project bids were received the official assessment came in at $2,250.
“I do want to stress that property owners will not be assessed for the following: the water laterals and mains, the street reconstruction, and the storm water reconstruction,” Tichinel said. “The only thing the assessment will go out for is the sanitary sewer laterals.”
He added that the assessment cost will cover replacing the sewer laterals from the main line to the property line.
If the city finds the sewer lateral is deteriorating from the property line to the house on the property, the property owner will be notified, Tichinel said. Property owners can then decided if they want to also replace that portion of the lateral. The additional cost for that replacement will be the responsibility of the property owner.
If a property owner decides to have the sewer lateral from the property line to their house replaced, the property owner will be able to choose who they want to do the work.
“During the Maize Street reconstruction, if any of the lines, water lines or sewer lines, from the property line back to the house is deteriorated, we will get a hold of the public and actually show them that it is a good time [to replace them],” Tichinel said.
The assessment cost can be paid to the city over the course of a period of years. Any property owner who wants to use that option will have to contact the city when the invoice is received.
The entire Maize Street reconstruction project is estimated to cost $498,004. That was the lowest of the five bids received by the city. De Groot, Inc. out of Green Bay submitted the low bid. The Clintonville City Council approved the bid at its May 10 meeting.
An official date for the start of the reconstruction project hasn’t been decided yet. Clintonville City Administrator Chuck Kell said the project will probably start in late June.