$20,000 to connect sewerage
THE OWNERS of four properties, in Grafton - one unrateable - could be gifted $20,000 for sewerage connections which should have been completed in 2005.
At Tuesday's Clarence Valley Council corporate governance and works committee meeting, Cr Andrew Baker quizzed staff about how much these four properties in Queens St would cost council to connect and how much council had forgone in lost charges.
"At this stage council is gifting $20,000, it's then going to pay $20,000 to provide this and there's been an unknown amount you will tell us next week of how much council has forgone to at least one of the properties that doesn't pay any rates," he said.
"The report says council will then go and spend an estimated $20,000. That the cost of providing these connections is then $20,000.
"Is that something council is intending to provide or is that something the property owners would have to provide?"
The council's director corporate governance and works, Troy Anderson, said council had been unaware the properties, adjacent to Poplar Grove, were not connected to the sewer.
"It's proposed that council would construct the sewer and it would be at a budgetary estimate of $20,000," Mr Anderson said.
The council's director corporate Ashley Lindsay said one property did not pay the general rate, but was liable for the water and sewerage charges. But none of these charges had been paid.
Mr Anderson said some work may come in under the estimate.
"In response to the question of Cr Baker about providing sewer connection to that unrateable property, the amount of infrastructure works for that property are very small," he said.
"There is an existing sewer on that site boundary that we believe we can get a gravity feed to and not require a sewerage connection to that lot.
"It's a simple stub into a manhole or a connection to a line to provide connection to that property."
Councillors voted to recommend the connection proceed.