Leaders and counsel for the Rollingwood Condominium Association approached the Sewer Commission August 2013 about connecting the condo sewer infrastructure to the Brookfield sewer system via gravity. Currently Rollingwod is on the Brookfield sewer system, but must pump up from a low spot to the gravity system on Federal Road. With the addition of sewer service to Sandy Lane and Del Mar Drive more options are now available. The question have been under study. The best route seems to be as shown below with the southerly path, roughly, as depicted by the white line below. (There will be a few zigs and zags.)
Should such an addition be built, the cost would be divided among the property owners. This is normally done by dividing the total project cost, dividing by the total Grand List Value for all affected properties.
By State Statue, the project required approvals of the Board of Selectman AND the Planning Commission. These approvals were granted November 2013 by each town board. The project then awaited the green light from the Rollingwood Association before proceeding.
The WPCA Chairman met with the Rollingwood Association Board to review the project February 2014. The property manager wrote,
On behalf of the Rollingwood Association Board of Directors, thank you for attending the Wednesday meeting. Your presentation was very informative (and well done!!). As we discussed, after you let, the Board voted unanimously to approve moving forward with the gravity system. I’ll ask Association Attorney to notify the WPCA Attorney. Thanks again.
The next step was to negotiate the required easements. This is took years, but is now done. Next it is necessary to complete the engineering for a final cost estimate considering any Wetlands Commission requirements and the amount of rock found in the sewer line path. This step should be done by October 2016. Finally, the Authority will hold an informational public hearing on the project to review the final path and cost estimates before going out to bid.
Benefit Assessment Q&A after the project is completed:
Question: What is the project cost estimate and what will be the impact on my unit?
Response: The project cost is estmated at $600 - $650K. This was the cost of a similar project at Sandy Lane. With 244 Rollingwood units, the average assessment per unit will be about $2200. (Each unit will be assessed according to the Grand List value as determined by the Tax Assessors office.)
Question: Do I have to pay for this all at once?
Response: The WPCA plans to obtain a loan or floating a bond to cover the cost for, say, a period of 10-years. That program will require interest payments on the unpaid balance on each assessed unit.
Any owner can pay the entire assessment at once. If the 10-year installment plan is selected by the owner, a lien is placed on your property on the Land Records until it is paid off, at which time the lien is released. In that case, the next owner picks up the payments if the property is sold before the last scheduled payment in 2027, (if the project is built in 2017).
The quick estimation of your payment can be determined using the on-line calculator for this purpose.
See more Q&A assembled for the Whisconier Area Sewer District, also known as the Three Condo Project.