02-26-2013 Initial Letter regarding Project

To: Owners of Homes and Camps around Lake Parker 2/26/2013

West Glover Sewer Project Completed – Lake Parker Extension is Next in Line

The final phase of a multi-year project to replace the failed West Glover wastewater treatment facility and upgrade the Glover sewer system was completed at the end of 2012. Work began in the summer of 2009 to install a new sewer main and two pump stations to bring wastewater from West Glover to the existing sewer main in Glover Village. The combined wastewater is pumped to the Village of Barton wastewater treatment facility.

The project was funded through an USDA Rural Development Agency grant/loan program that helps small communities with water and sewer projects. The West Glover portion of the project was completed under budget and as a result additional improvements could be made to the Glover sewer system. The thirty-year-old main pump station on Route 16 near the Glover-Barton town line was upgraded with new pumps and controls and an emergency generator. Air release structures on the force main to Barton were also reconstructed.

The West Glover pump stations were designed to handle increased flows from the homes and camps around Lake Parker as the sewer lines are extended. The Glover selectboard is now working with Leach Engineering Consultants of St. Johnsbury planning the extension of the sewer system to serve both sides of Lake Parker. The goal of the project is to enable owners to discontinue use of failed, failing, or inadequate septic systems and improve lake water quality by pumping wastewater out of the Lake Parker watershed for treatment at the Barton facility.

The new system would make use of individual grinder pumps located in polyethylene tanks buried outside each home or camp. These would be connected by small diameter piping to larger diameter sewer lines buried along the road right of way. The plan is to lay as much of the pipe as possible by horizontal boring, but some excavation would be necessary at each building and along the roads.

Efficient completion of the project requires that excavation, boring, and installation of piping and equipment proceed in an orderly fashion from West Glover village out along each side of the lake. The cooperation of lakeside home and camp owners is essential to the success of the project. Easements must be obtained from each owner to allow work to be done on their property.

The best possible financing at this time would be a 45% grant and 55% loan from USDA Rural Development. The total estimated project cost is $2,730,000. A loan of $1,501,500 at 2.5% for 30 years would require an annual estimated debt retirement of $71,800. Assuming a total of 110 new connections around Lake Parker, the projected per user annual cost for debt and operations would be $780 if new users pay all costs of the project. Sources at USDA have let us know that this may be the last year of the grant program.

The purpose of this letter is to disseminate information and to gauge support for the project among Lake Parker Association members and other property owners. We will be presenting this project for discussion toward the end of the Glover Town Meeting on March 5, 2013. Interested property owners, resident and non-resident, are encouraged to attend the meeting to participate in the discussion and/or express support for the project.

Support for the project or questions and concerns may be addressed to me by email:

jsumberggloverselectboard@comcast.net

or by telephone, in the evening 7 to 9 PM, at 802 525-4277.

I hope to hear from you,

Jack Sumberg

Chairman, Glover Selectboard

 

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