August 28, 2014

County to seek loan for Gardner Lake sewers

Mark Taylor
mtaylor@gardnernews.com
Johnson County Commissioners approved an agreement March 8 for a low-interest State Revolving Fund Loan with a 30 percent principle forgiveness to construct sanitary sewers at Gardner Lake.
John O’Neil, general manager of Johnson County Wastewater, said the loan includes a 2.42 percent interest rate, which is about 1 percent lower than the county’s estimated conventional bond rate.
The $3.25 million principle forgiveness – which is similar to a grant — would apply to portions funded by the property owners and the Consolidated Main Sewer District’s capital improvement fund.
“We think this is a very good project, and the residents are quite excited about it,” O’Neil said.
County commissioners voted last year to enlarge the Consolidated Main Sewer District and the Consolidated Lateral Sewer District and create Lateral Sewer District No. 1 to serve homes in the area.
The $8.3 million sewer project is expected to begin in 2013 and be completed by 2014.
The proposed sewer district would consist of 279 homes on 84.3 acres at the lake, between 151st and 162nd streets at Gardner Road.
Those homes are currently served by holding tanks and septic systems.
The construction cost is expected to be paid for with $6.6 in special assessments on properties in the district and $2.1 million on the Johnson County Wastewater capital improvement funds.
A petition to provide sewer service to Gardner Lake was circulated and signed by 66 percent of property owners in Gardner Lake in 2011.
The district will connect to the Kill Creek Pump Station on 159th Street.
The construction cost is expected to be paid for with $6.6 in special assessments on properties in the district and $2.1 million on the Johnson County Wastewater capital improvement funds.
Participation in the sewer district is optional for property owners.
Commissioner Calvin Hayden said the monthly cost of participating in the sewer district will be about half of what residents pay to have their holding tanks emptied.
“It’s a very positive program,” he said.

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