ADVISORY FROM THE PLUMSTED MUNICIPAL UTILITIES AUTHORITY
At its meeting on
February 21, 2017, the Plumsted Municipal Utilities
Authority decided to place on its web site at
the most recent
draft of the proposed Sewer Use Rules and Regulations
for the downtown New Egypt Sewer project. The current
schedule is for the first phase of the collection system
and the wastewater treatment plant to be operational in
late 2018 or early 2019. At that point, as proposed, the
owners of improved property within the Phase 1 sewer
service area would be required to connect to the sewer
system within one (1) year. Property owners electing to
a “forgivable” loan from the Township as
outlined below must connect within six (6) months.
The PMUA and its engineering consultant T&M
Associates are now in the process of submitting and
applying for various county and state permits needed to
construct the sewer system. It is anticipated that
construction of the system will begin later this year.
The PMUA intends to adopt these Sewer Use Rules and
Regulations at its March 21, 2017 regular meeting.
Once adopted by
the PMUA, the Township Committee will consider adoption
of two ordinances. The first ordinance will be to
require a mandatory connection to the sewer system if
the improved property is
within the Phase 1 sewer service area and the principal
structure is within 200’ of the proposed sewer
collection system. The second ordinance is to provide
financial assistance to property owners in Phase 1 to
defray or cover the costs to connect to the Township
funds will be used to pay the costs for changing the
internal and external plumbing required to connect to
the sewer system, to decommission the owner’s existing
septic or cesspool system and permits required
work. The Financial Assistance Plan would provide a loan
on average of $5,000 to each owner of improved property
for thirty (30) years as funds permit. The loan requires
no monthly payment, is free of interest and is not
subject to any income qualification requirement.
A lien would be
placed on the property while the loan is outstanding.
The loan would be
paid back based on a sliding scale based upon the sale
or refinance of the property or an insurance settlement.
For each year the property is not sold or refinanced or
the subject of an insurance settlement, the loan would
be reduced by 1/30th so that after 30 years
the loan would be 100% forgiven. The Township is likely
to introduce these ordinances at its April 5, 2017
meeting and consider final adoption of these ordinances
at its May 3, 2017 meeting.
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