Historically it appears that when Mr. Kubinchak first put his septic field in - it was approved by the County's Safety Codes Officer and was faulty. The Council at that time approved for the work to be redone at the County's expense. Now he claims that the failure of his system is due to a water line break and leaky valve.
Administration had Superior Safety Codes attend Mr. Kubinchak's property to determine if his septic field is working or fixable. They have indicated that it appears to be saturated - which may have been caused by the County's leaking water valve - or possibly due to environmental factors such as increased rain. It is hard to determine cause of saturation. Regardless it may not work to add dirt to his field in order to solve the problem. The best option may be to hook to Ashmont sanitary sewer system - as new on-site system would be more expensive (est. $40,000) and he may not have the room on his lot to accommodate a new on-site system.
Public Works has provided a more comprehensive quote for the lift station and piping required to connect the 3 properties that are currently not connected to the sanitary sewer.
Lift Station $9,400
Directional Drill/tie ins/pipe $13,830
Power service $6,600
Total cost per lot for the connection is $12,643.33. The quote does not included cost for resident to tie into the sewer line - we estimate that to be approx $2,000. Currently the Utilities Bylaw requires the resident to pay $1,000 to connect to a sewer line. Therefore each connection to this line without any subsidy would potentially be $15,643.
PW spoke with estimator regarding open cut rather than directional drill - it was determined that a small portion of the project could be open cut, however where the tie in occurs it makes more sense to directional drill - may be able to save $1-1500 on entire project.
Administration has not yet sent these costs to Mr. Kubinchak as they were received just when agenda was being produced. Mr. Kubinchak has expressed his opinion that his septic field does not work due to County water line issue. He is requesting if Council would contribute all or a portion of what is required for him to connect to the sanitary sewer as he feels the County has a responsibility.