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A municipal sewer project as proposed by the Colchester Selectboard to install sewers along the immediate shore line areas of inner Malletts Bay.
Those properties that have roadway frontage of both sides of West Lakeshore Drive from Prim Road to East Lakeshore Drive, East Lakeshore Drive, and Goodsell Point.
The wastewater would be pumped to Severance Corners via Blakely Road and connected into the Town’s existing sewer system, which flows to the City of South Burlington’s Airport Parkway Treatment Facility where it is treated under an inter-municipal agreement with the City.
To remove human waste bacteria from Malletts Bay, to preserve and protect Malletts Bay for future generations, and to ensure the community’s vision for the Bay.
Human bacteria was detected in Malletts Bay from extensive water quality sampling and DNA analysis, and the bacteria is coming from old and failing septic systems along the shores of inner Malletts Bay.
There are too many environmental and site constraints to allow on-site systems to function properly in this area. Because of these environmental and site constraints, under state law, the Town can only require that “best fit” systems are constructed. Note: "Best fit" systems are those that are constructed as good as they can be given the environmental and site constraints on a site, and often do not fully conform to all of the performance standards necessary to ensure a fully functioning system.
No. The idea of installing sewers in Malletts Bay has existed in key Town planning documents since 1964, and has been shown as a priority in the Town Plan, the Wastewater Master Plan, the Heritage Plan, the Malletts Bay Initiative, and in the State of Vermont’s Northern Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan.
Capital projects such as this require voter approval. Prior efforts by the Town to gain approval for such a project have not been supported by voters.
While it is not possible to know the precise reasoning behind each voter’s decision, it is believed that the primary reasons have been, 1) objections to raising property taxes on all properties within Colchester to fund sewers for Malletts Bay, 2) objections to the requirement that property owners within the proposed service area would be responsible for the payment and construction of their private service lateral, 3) unconvincing evidence that a wastewater pollution exists, and 4) concerns over undesirable or uncontrolled growth caused by the installation of sewers.
1) No property taxes will be used to fund thisproject. Project funding instead will come from low interest state loans, stategrants, voter approved Local Option taxes, and user fees collected from the usersof the system; 2) The installation of all private laterals anddecommissioning of existing septic systems will be fully funded by the project; 3) DNA analysis has been used to confirm thepresence of human waste in Malletts Bay;4) Zoning changes have been approved for MallettsBay following extensive public input and visioning to determine how MallettsBay should look in the future, with or without sewers.
Growth is expected in Malletts Bay with ourwithout the construction of sewers. Without sewers, growth is expected to occurat approximately 0.5% per year. If sewers were constructed, the growth rate isexpected to be closer to 1.0% per year. Both of these rates are considered tobe low growth. As an example, the 1% growth rate is equivalent to an additionalfour homes per year being built within the proposed service area.
Yes. The State’s abandonment of the Circumferential Highway will limit the amount of traffic in the bay area, and will therefore limit the amount of growth that can occur there. Additionally, there is only a limited amount of wastewater capacity for the Malletts Bay area which will also limit future growth.
A conceptual plan for an upgrade to the Bayside Intersection has been completed and approved by the Selectboard. The Town is currently working with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission and the Vermont Agency of Transportation to secure funding to begin designing these improvements. The West Lakeshore Drive and Prim Road Intersection is currently under design and reconstruction is expected to occur in 2021. The reconstruction of the Blakely Road and Laker Lane Intersection is expected to proceed to construction in 2019.
The zoning for East Lakeshore Drive has not changed in many years however recent rebuilds have illuminated the fact that the 40 foot height maximum should be re-examined .The Planning Commission has listed this issue in the draft 2019 Town Plan and plans on addressing the height and mass of buildings within the East Lakeshore Drive area before the Malletts Bay Sewer Project is constructed.
Properties that already have reliable year round septic and the current use is the highest and best use should not have any change in value. The seasonal camps that currently cannot be converted to year round because of the inability to comply with current septic rules will see an increase in property value if a conversion to year round is made. The conversion does not occur automatically with the construction of sewers. This process must be initiated by the property owner at their discretion. Vacant parcels or properties that have the zoning density to be subdivided but cannot because of the inability to comply with current septic rules may also see an increase in property value. For the situations described where an increase in value may occur, there are too many variables from property to property to provide any specific increased amounts.
The current estimate as of December 2018 is approximately $14.3 million. This estimate will continue to be refined as project development continues.
The project will be paid for with a combination low interest loans, grants, local option taxes, and user fees.
Approximately $2.15 million of existing local option taxes will be used to construct all of the private service laterals within the proposed service area. Approximately $250,000 of future local option taxes will be used annually for a period of 30 years to reduce the overall debt costs to the users of the sewer system. The total local option tax contribution over 30 years will be $9.65 million.
Annual local option tax revenues are approximately $1.54 million. Currently approximately $519,000 is used annually to retire previous voter approved debt. With future contributions to the sewer project of $250,000 per year, approximately $771,000 in annual revenues, or about 50%, will remain for other voter approved projects.
Yes. Connection fees charged to new development after the sewer system is constructed are expected to generate approximately $9.65 million over 43 years.
Residential properties constructed after the sewer system is built will pay $85/gallon which will cost a new single family home $17,850. Non-residential development will pay a connection fee of $17/gallon with a minimum charge of $17,850.
Approximately $791 a year or about $66 per month.
While the expected annual costs for single family homes is expected to generally be the same for each property, the annual costs to non-residential properties will vary significantly depending upon the type of business, number of employees, and many other factors. Estimated annual costs for each non-residential property within the proposed service area are currently being developed by staff and will be available on the Town website shortly.
Yes. While we would like to provide flexibility on this, there is not enough density to make connections optional. In order to make the project financially viable, it will require an all in approach where everyone is connected.
In December of 2018, or possibly January of 2019, the Colchester Selectboard will decide whether to advance this project to the voters at Town Meeting in March of 2019. In order for the project to proceed, the voters of Colchester will need to approve the project.
Barring any unforeseen complications, construction of the project would begin in the spring of 2020 and be completed in the fall of 2021.
Visit the Malletts Bay Sewer Project at our website HERE or contact the Director of Public Works at 802-264-5620, or at email@example.com.
Plow operators do not intentionally block driveways. It is not practical for plow operators to lift their plows at every driveway as it would leave large piles of snow in the roadway at every driveway. Tip: When possible, clear your driveway after the plow has gone by. When clearing your driveway, try to pile the snow on the right side, (standing in your driveway and looking at the street). This can help reduce the amount of snow that is pushed into your driveway when a plow passes.
Yes. Salt cannot be applied to dirt roads as it will cause them to thaw and become soft in the winter. At the very beginning of a storm, salt is applied to the major arterial roadways to reduce the rate of accidents and to prevent the snow from bonding to the pavement. In order to do this within 2-3 hours, it requires the use of all of the Town’s primary plow trucks. Once the asphalt roads are complete the driver will return to the public works garage to change the load to sand at which point the plow driver will begin plowing and sanding the gravel roads.