Meeting set for Culpepper area water project


Fayette County Engineer Steve Luebbe recently addressed the homeowners of the Culpepper area and State Route 41 about a water improvement project.

A letter, which was recently sent to these homeowners from Luebbe, said that after a year in development, they are finally ready to move forward with the construction of the project. The letter said the project moved into the bidding phase and they anticipate construction beginning around June.

“Since receiving the previous letter, our hope is that you have given some thought to tying on to the public system,” Luebbe said in the letter. “Rather than try to describe everything that will happen with the project, we have scheduled a public meeting to provide you the information. At the meeting, we will provide materials regarding the project, what you can expect and what will be required to tie on to the system including costs, and what each party’s responsibilities will be. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm. in the second floor meeting room at the Center for Economic Opportunity, 212 East East Street (in Washington C.H.).”

The new system will require a $1,850 connection charge (one ERU minimum which is one residential home), a $900 tap fee for a three-fourths inch residential tap and will be charged at a rate of $5.50 per 1,000 gallons with a $10 per month minimum even for water that is turned off. According to the letter, the typical family of two might use an average of 200 gallons per day. For a month with 31 days, this would equate to a water bill of $34.10. As comparison, average water usage in Leslie Trace is approximately 175 gallons a day per house.

“In an effort to attract as many new customers as possible, a portion of the fees will be waived if a property owner agrees to tie on during the project,” Luebbe said in the letter. “The cutoff date will be Aug. 1 to return your application and fee to (133 S. Main Street, Suite L22, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160). If you sign up by Aug. 1, the tap fee and 75 percent of the connection charge will be waived. So instead of being charged $2,750 to tie on, you will only be charged $462.50 in fees. But the $462.50 must be paid by the cutoff date. Applications and payment after that date will require the full amount. So if you decide to tie on, but get your application and payment into our office after Aug. 1, you will be required to pay the full $2,750 to become a customer. Please note that you will not be permitted to sign up and pay the reduced fee then connect your resident some time in the future. You must begin using the water service immediately.”

For those unable to make the meeting, but are interesting in tying on, an information packet can be sent. For additional questions, call (740) 335-1541 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The information in this article was provided by Fayette County Engineer Steve Luebbe. Stay with the Record-Herald for more information about the project.

By Martin Graham

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