Thu, April 09

Sewer plant appraisal finished

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

SEWER BOARD: (from left) Kelly Hollamon, Harry King, District Clerk Jan Grogan, Vice Chair George Young, Chair Suzy Burnside, and Secretary-Treasurer Stan Bullard.

When completed, the sewer expansion is slated to include a new and improved wastewater treatment plant at its current leased site, along with sewer service to additional homes and to businesses at the Interstate 17/Arizona 260 interchange. The appraisal is one more step toward getting the job done.

“In order to accomplish the upgrade, it is necessary for the district to own the land on which the improvement will be made,” said district Chair Suzy Burnside on Friday. “Based on the appraisal, if the district does not acquire the land, the annual rent for the site on a year-to-year lease could be $55,000/annually,” she said cautioning. “The district would be unable to comply with the aquifer protection permit and upgrades as required.”

The public and board have a month to offer input on the appraisal.

“There’s a comment period for 30 days for the 161 acres,” noted Burnside. “The appraisal document is available at the district office from the district clerk.”

Interested individuals can stop by the district office and/or attend the board’s upcoming meeting next week when the appraisal will be discussed and time provided to the public for input.

The Camp Verde Sanitary District meets on Dec. 10, 1 p.m., at the district office, 435H S. Main St., Town Hall complex.

In the works for many years, active development for the Camp Verde sewer expansion project started in 1998 with discussions dating back to 1990. In July of this year, Burnside was asked the progress for the long-anticipated upgrade which has been slow in moving forward. She indicated at the time that land acquisition and agency reviews have been the holdup.

“If I could give them a date, I certainly would,” she said at the time, “but the district’s timeline is so dependent on many agencies. We will go to bid when the land has been acquired and all agency requirements have been met.”

There is still no exact date slated for digging to begin although the new sewer lift station at Salt Mine and Main Street is nearing completion.

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