Sewer Committee Meeting Feb. 9, 2005
Speakers: Bill Brunjes, engineer; Donna Martin,
USDA, Rural Development Specialist; Cathy Coffman, USDA, Community Development
There were 10 residents present including 4 LTPOA board
members. Bill gave us a copy of the estimated project costs and a quick
overview. A USDA loan would be for 33 years. We will need a revenue
bond council. Suggest we get organized to put it on the ballot for our
regular municipal election in April, 2006, to save the cost of a special
election. We should have everything ready by Jan. 7-10 to get on the April
The county commission forms the sewer district. After
contracts are out, 5 directors are appointed with different term limits (1-5
years). They make monthly financial statements to USDA, Rural Development,
with yearly reports to the state auditors.
Ms. Martin - To get a grant from USDA the median annual income
needs to be $47,677. For a county (CDBG) grant the mean income must be
$39,043 or below. The county must have a request for income survey
of all households. It would be conducted by an independent administrator,
I.e. Ed Kemp's office. We must have 51% or more low-to-moderate income to
get the $300,000 for the CDBG grant. Need a response from 80% of
households from the mailed survey. County stipulates survey must be made
within a year, USDA survey can be 2 years old. Maybe the county
administrator will conduct the survey. USDA will reimburse for survey
costs. Need to ask USDA for authorization for survey.
Bill - We need to form district this summer. Suggested
we organize as a water and sewer district, so at a later time we would be ready
to have a water facility. When we vote, must have 4/7 of the registered
voters who would be served by the district. Only registered voters can
vote on the revenue bonds. It would be mandatory to hook up to the
Donna Martin - She suggested we attend the training session in
Fredericktown Feb. 24.
Bill - The cost to the homeowner would be the estimated user
fee plus $2-3 electric per month. For the first 4 years the county clerk
would collect user fees and run the district. After that we would need to
have a clerk for 20 hours per week to collect fees and call for repairs.
Ed Kemp will tell us which state statutes and get an attorney who is
knowledgeable regarding sewer development. Raymond Dickhanner was
recommended. He will advise us and meet very soon with the committee, his
fees would be paid later (included in proposal costs). There would be an
upfront cost to us of $4-5,000. Our treasurer should set up a separate
sewer account to keep track of all expenses.
Our existing septic tanks would be disabled and filled, all
grey water tanks and outlets connected to the new sewer lines, as there would be
only one connection per house.
Cathy Coffman recommended we join the Mo. Rural Water Assoc.
as a resource.