Commissioners reject it, but county not finished with sewer syst - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Commissioners reject it, but county not finished with sewer system project

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – County commissioners already denied a multi-million-dollar sewage project, but the information session has not stopped. In fact, county staff will present more information to the elected leaders at their next meeting in March.

Commissioners recently rejected a plan to provide a new sewer system for the Heritage Park and Marquis Hills communities. A spokesperson for the county said the county manager understood the discussion that followed Monday's decision as one that warranted more information.

In that discussion, Chairman Woody White mentioned that he could not support the project that did have an immediate public health risk. David Rice, Director of New Hanover County Health Department, sent a letter to White and the rest of the commissioners that did not directly use the words "public health risk," but does outline the environmental health issues that his department has dealt with in recent years.

"…I have encountered few neighborhoods that would benefit from centralized sewer service more than Marquis Hills and Heritage Park," he wrote.

About 10 to 15 homes are constantly monitored by the health department to make sure the current septic systems are not flowing into the ground surface or storm water drainage areas, according to Rice's letter. The director added that repairing the septic systems might be more economic, but not a worthwhile, long term solution.

The project would cost the nearly 300 home owners affected anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 to connect to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority's system. The CFPUA is a partner in the project, but the overall cost to the county is estimated at more than $16 million.

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