WHY WE NEED TO CHANGE…
Aging infrastructure regularly fails, we need reliable, consistent water, the current
system dumps rust water into the river that is not in compliance with EPA
standards, and we have no fire hydrants in the community.
Board Recommendation: County Water
After multiple meetings and consulting Sharp water and the County, the Board has
examined the pro and cons of several options and determined that our best
course of action is to accept the County’s USDA application to finance
construction of a connection to a County Water system to replace our well.
WHY NOT JUST REBUILD OUR WELL?
EXPECTED TIMELINE AFTER A VOTE TO PROCEED
After the County is informed of our vote to proceed: (January 2024)
a. 3-6 months to get an engineering firm under contract and to finalize the design
phase, including workable plans and specifications.
b. 2-3 months for the County procurement office to advertise and seek public bids.
c. 2 months to receive bids.
d. 3-4 months to award and get the low bidder under contract.
e. 1 month for contractor to begin construction.
f. 10-12 months for completion of construction and the well is abandoned.
So, from the time of our vote to actual construction completion looks to be
about 24 months (approx Spring 2026)
Estimated Project Costs
ESTIMATED COSTS PER HOUSEHOLD $131/mo
This monthly amount includes:
ESTIMATED COSTS PER HOUSEHOLD $392/Quarter or $131/mo
Actual Water Useage
(will vary depending on
Individual household habits)
3/4 Loan Portion $298/quarter
*Actively seeking additional grants
$$ ESTIMATED COSTS PER HOUSEHOLD $$
- This year we have spent $53,000 to maintain and repair our well, this presently
works out to over $82.00 per month per household for the failing well system.
- With the proposed cost of $131 per month, the net cost for new County water
would increase by $49 per month or $1.63 per day. This increase will give us
clean, consistent water, new piping infrastructure, and fire protection while
reducing home insurance and funds required for reserves.
Ballots will be emailed and distributed on Friday, January 29, 2023
Ballots are due on or before Monday January 8, 2024
and counted at the Budget meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2024