As the sewer extension on South Spring Valley Road is close to completion, city staff discussed during Tuesday’s City Commission meeting a timetable in which residents in the Spring Valley Road area within city limits would be required to attach their homes to the sewer line.
According to city staff, there are nine properties this will affect. Junction City Mayor Mick McCallister said three of those property owners contacted him inquiring when city staff will put sewer lines in for them.
“I don’t know what the plan is for that,” he said.
Earlier this year, city administrators held a public hearing regarding the sewer line to properties along South Spring Valley Road, which were annexed to the city in 2006.
But during the 2006 annexation hearing, then-City Manager Rod Barnes said property owners would have five years to connect to the city’s water and sewer line.
Some residents said at the time they wanted to stay on the rural water district. But now, city administrators haven’t found anything in the annexation ordinance regarding residents remaining on the rural water district.
A few residents expressed their desire to see city staff allow them the original five-year time allotment to hook up to the sewer line.
Spring Valley Road resident Nancy Hubbard said she paid city taxes for 10 years and not had sewer line services.
“Or even the ability to go on them if we needed them,” she said.
Assistant City Manager Cheryl Beatty told commissioners taxes don’t pay for water and wastewater.
“Taxes have nothing to do with water and wastewater,” she said.
Travis Darnell, also of Spring Valley Road, asked commissioners to consider extending a significant amount of time for hook-up.
“I think it’s extremely reasonable and fair that the city offer the same amount of time to hook up to the sewer as the amount of time they provided the sewer from the time of annexation or until the sewers fail,” he said.
City administrators agreed to allow hookups during a period of no more than five years beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
McCallister commented how homeowners in that area have paid a minimum of $10,000 over 10 years.
“That’s part of the nature of the beast of annexation,” he said.
He recommended to follow the original plan to have those residents to hook up to the sewer line, but didn’t vote on the issue, as he owns property in that area.
“I’m a property owner. I live on that land,” he said. “I may not be able to vote on it but I will voice my opinion.”