Hookup Plus Servicing Costs

On April 6, 2010, Merle Rath wrote a letter to council regarding high costs of the proposed system.  Read More...

The following documents may explain why the sewer system attempted to provide extra services that forced the residents to a higher cost structure.

Each change that the consultant, Genivar, made in the system increased the final cost until the project reached the tendering stage in 2010. In June 2009, the switch from the Clearford treatment system raised the ultimate final cost. The grants had already been awarded under the lower cost project so were capped at lower cost projections. This meant the residents receiving the service had to pick up all the added costs.

Some months later the cost was increased again when the consultant realized they would have to rip up roads extensively because there was no right of way left on the road allowance in some areas.

The cost was raised again when the consultant realized the ground water table was too high to bury the pipe at the conventional depth.

The cost was raised when the consultant changed the system design to increase the capacity in Oct. 2009.

All of these changes drove the potential costs to those receiving the service to draconian levels. The Town was well along the path to building this in April 2010. No community organization spoke for the residents who would ultimately pay the bill.

Hookup costs are to be based in part on property size. Larger properties would pay greater fees as there could be potentially more equivalent residential users and potential for severed properties in the future.

From January 1, 2008 to March 31, 2011 the Sauble Beach Sewage System has cost taxpayers an estimated $1,199,353.08, not including full-time salary and fringe benefit allocations, and the costs continue to accrue.