The cost to fix the problem will come at a cost to Maplecrest Drive homeowners.
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David Swanson, engineer with the Montgomery County Environmental Services, told those affected that the county wants to move the connections to a private sewer line, then connect that to the main line, which would allow each house to have its own connection.
The preliminary cost of the project is $241,890, Swanson said, adding that the figure includes survey costs of $17,900, which will be covered by the county. That would leave $158,990, which could translate to $1,282 per year assessed over 20 years to the owners of the affected 10 properties.
The payment for fixing the problem will stay with the property and not the owner, so if a property sells, the assessment remains intact.
“It’s unjust, it’s persecution, and an extreme hardship on the county residents you are responsible to serve,” resident Amber Hicks told Montgomery County officials during Tuesday’s commission meeting.
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Gary Wagner, another resident added: “The impending doom of this is terrible.”
Wagoner and Hicks have not had the same issues as another resident, Jenny Harlow, who had to move out of her home.
“We’d just like some resolution and one that doesn’t involve another mortgage,” Wagoner said.
Montgomery County Administrator Michael Colbert said county leaders are working to figure out funding to bring down the cost to residents.
“I wanted to let you know that we are very much concerned about this issue,” Colbert said at the commission meeting.