Wyatt sewage system plan moves forward

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

It seems like everyday we're seeing prices spike everywhere, at the pumps, at the stores, you name it.

For people living in the town of Wyatt, they'll be dealing with another bill each month and it’s one many of them haven't had in decades.

Wednesday night, they learned more about fees they'll be charged to flush their toilets as a plan to bring a sewer system will soon start to get underway.

The Prairie View Landfill will be helping people in Wyatt as they prepare to pay up for the sewer project.

David Rafinski, of Wightman Petrie says, “We now have a formal agreement with waste management.”

That's good news, as residents waited and wondered whether the landfill would pay for a project that turned out to be bigger, and more expensive than originally thought.

The almost 1.4 million dollar waste water treatment plant will be built by the end of the summer and up and running by the end of the year.

Rafinski says, “Once they complete that portion, the plant will turn it over to the district for the district to own and operate.”

The 90 or so homeowners that live in Wyatt know this means some time next year, another 53 to 65 dollar a month expense will be added to their list. Their part of the deal means paying for the sewage collection system.

Glen Wisler says, “A lot of people never have had to pay for a sewage system.”

Wistler has paid up, up until a few years ago when he moved to Wyatt. He says it was nice to be cut a break, but when it comes to health concerns, this cost is small.

He says, “They've done a great job lowering the cost. It was originally around 100 dollars.”

Still, some argue, the cost is too much and so is the confusion.

Rafinski says, “Prior to additional grant money from rural development it actually crept up over 65 dollars a month. With the additional grant money we're seeing from rural development we'll get it back into 53-65 dollar range.

As we said, the treatment plant is expected to be done by the end of the year.

Then, some time next spring residents will have to get rid of their septic systems and connect to the new system.

As for the monthly fee they could be charged, that could go up or down again, as the town waits to hear whether it will be given a $500,000 community development block grant.


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