Sewer board to consider design, Harvard request for service

Harvard Development is coming to Camp Verde Tuesday to meet with the Camp Verde Sanitary District Board of Directors.

Chairperson Suzy Burnside said she encourages the public to attend this open work session.

Harvard representatives are expected to discuss sewer service to its proposed development known as “The Homestead” situated along Arizona 260 between Bashas’ and the Super 8 Motel. The planned area development, covering almost 400 acres, will include residential, commercial and apartment housing and will planned in phases.

“Harvard had approached the board earlier this year requesting re-affirmation of a series of resolutions that had defined capacity and dates predicated upon the formation of the assessment district involved with the proposed plant and line expansion project, Burnside said.

“It is expected that this issue will be discussed Tuesday and hopefully a resolution can be reached,” she said.

Scheduled at around 11 a.m. is a preview of the preliminary engineering report of the proposed gravity lines and three wastewater treatment plant options prepared by the district’s new engineering firm HDR. Last month, the board ordered the preliminary engineering work to be completed within 30 days, and according to Burnside, HDR came in one day ahead of schedule.

“The good news is that the contract with HDR reveals a net construction cost for the new plant and collector line expansion estimated at $4.5 (million). The district’s committed loan-grant is $4.9 million,” she said.

The engineering firm will be paid a percent of the net construction costs based on the lender’s allocation fee schedule, but the exact figures are unknown at this time. The figures are expected to be released at Tuesday’s meeting, Burnside said.

Bond Counsel Attorney Fred Rosenfeld will be present at the meeting to answer any assessment questions and a representative from the lending institution for Rural Development, Reed Petersen, will also be on hand.

The Camp Verde Sanitary District meets June 13, 10 a.m., in the district office at 435H S. Main St.

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