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Northern subdivision gets sewer fee break

– There’s more good news for residents in the Deer Track subdivision near the northern county line.

In June, the Fort Wayne Board of Public Works approved a contract with Selge Construction to build the Deer Hollow Forcemain for $348,457. The new forcemain will pump sewage from the existing Deer Track subdivision, and a new, larger subdivision next door called Deer Hollow, to the city’s sewer system.

Deer Track’s roughly two dozen homes and a few commercial properties near Tonkel and County Line roads were served by a small, private wastewater treatment plant that the city bought in 2005.

Officials said the new forcemain will serve the new homes that are planned and allow the plant to be retired. Deer Hollow plans call for 30 new homes in a first phase, followed by 30 more later on. Other property owners in the area had also expressed interest in connecting, but the current treatment plant does not have capacity to serve any more customers.

Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved a resolution to lower the fees residents there will pay, thanks to more customers signing on. Program manager Ted Nitza said the $5,000 fee to connect to the new sewer will drop from $5,000 to $2,950, and the monthly surcharge will drop from $47.95 to $42.

“With a larger group of customers to share the cost, we can lower the cost to those customers,” Nitza said.

The board also approved a measure to expand the Arcola area sewer system to add 18 to 20 homes. The area will be served by the Allen County Regional Sewer District through an agreement with City Utilities.

Also approved was an amendment to the city’s contract with American Structurepoint for its work on the West State Boulevard realignment project. Officials said more extensive environmental reviews and other changes required the $90,595 addition, bringing the total cost of the contract to $1.1 million.

A public hearing on the proposed project – which will move State Boulevard away from the curves just west of Clinton Street and construct a new bridge over Spy Run Creek – is planned for mid-December.

The board also agreed to a deal with Perfection Bakeries for work in front of the downtown complex. The city is already installing new storm sewers along Pearl Street. As part of that project they want to also replace the water main there, but that will require moving the factory’s connection to the water main and other work.

The city will spend up to $60,000 for the project; Perfection Bakeries will provide a permanent utility easement on its property, which will eliminate having to dig up the brick street.

dstockman@jg.net

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