Subdivision wants sewer built

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2003

A group of residents from the Woodcrest/Woodland Park subdivision came before the regular meeting of City of Andalusia Utilities Board Tuesday to request sanitary sewer service, a request which the board elected to immediately study the feasibility aspects of.

Wendy Matthews served as the initial spokesperson for the group and she said she hopes the board will seriously consider the subdivision's need for sewage service.

Another resident of the subdivision said he had already spent about $20,000 on his yard attempting to alleviate sewage problems and said he has been unable to totally eliminate the problems.

He said every resident in the subdivision has experienced some type of problem and he feels a sewer system is the only method of totally eliminating the neighborhood difficulties.

"I know (the sewage problems) are a concern for the city and they are a concern for us," said the resident.

One of the residents attending the meeting, Danny Posey, said there are about 52 residents who live in the subdivision, including approximately 30 on the southern side of the area.

Water and Sewer Superinten-dent Jimmy Wilson noted that for a sewer system to be put in the subdivision, this move would require the possible installation of four pumping stations.

Utilities Board Superintendent Earl Johnson said one of the main obstacles affecting the subdivision is that part of

it is on one side of a lake, which has resulted in elevation issues.

"I don't think we can possibly decide with any accuracy what (the installation of a sewer system) would cost without having an engineer go out there and do a study of what the cost would be and the feasibility," said Johnson. "We would have to know how many customers would be on the line and all the issues related. It is driven by cost and we'll have to find out what that cost will be."

Jerry Andrews, an Andalusia city councilman, said he is very much in favor of a system being installed in the subdivision and said he feels the best option might be for a gravity flow system to be put in, which might be more cost effective and without as much damage to the road.

Johnson said he would estimate the cost of installing a gravity flow system at approximately $1 million.

"We will just have to look at all the combinations to see what the cost would be," said Johnson. "There is a reason why (a system) was not put in to start with, and that was because it cost too much."

Johnson recommended the board allow him to engage the services of an engineer to examine the feasibility of a sewer system, and the members of the board agreed that such a study should begin immediately.