Sewer projects pushing deadlines |

Sewer projects pushing deadlines

There is still little relief in store for residents troubled by higher sewer bills in various subdivisions of Nevada County.

Three areas have been most severely affected by higher rates that are charged to residents to pay for upgrades that have come with tightened regulations stemming from state and federal clean water standards

These are Cascade Shores, Lake Wildwood, and Lake of the Pines. If they do not comply with the regulations by their deadlines, they could be facing penalty fees.

On Tuesday, the county’s supervisors heard an update on the status of these three projects, which are as follows:

Cascade Shores

Treatment Facility

Current news: Cascade Shores has until June 2006 to get into compliance with the new regulations.

Staff and consultants are still in the first phase, which is the facility plan, of the project and effort is being done to find ways to finance it. Since the median income of the residents in this area is $35,681, they are eligible for a state grant that could help pay for 65 percent of the total cost.

Total estimated cost: $1.5 million

Residents’ share: The current annual charge is $1,795 per home and is estimated to increase $300.

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Lake Wildwood

Treatment Plant

Current news: Must be finished by April 2007. Staff and consultants are currently evaluating possible environmental impacts and measures to prevent potential accidents that would release partially treated sewage into the Yuba River drainage. They are also working on structural improvements to some of the buildings, which are required and are expected to be completed in the summer of 2005.

Total estimated cost: $9 million.

Residents’ share: The current annual charge is $650 per home, this is expected to increase $195.

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Next meeting: Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Williams Ranch School Library in Penn Valley.

Lake of the Pines

Treatment Facility

Current news: Must be in compliance by April 2007. County staff and consultants are searching for long-term financing possibilities and are hoping to qualify for a state loan for $10 million.

Work is currently being done on the project to determine its environmental issues and impacts on things such as air quality, odor, noise, and water quality. This is expected to be finished in June 2005.

Total estimated cost: $14 million

Residents’ share: The current annual charge per home is $550 and that will increase $490.

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