Bond Head residents express sticker shock when they discover potential $61,000 to $84,000 sewer service costs – per home

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By Robin MacLennan

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Plans currently underway to extend sewage servicing from Bradford to Bond Head were presented to interested residents at a two-hour meeting led by Chief Administrative Officer, Geoff McKnight.

The plan is still in its early stages, but already has many people concerned over the cost implications for existing homeowners in the small hamlet located about an hour northwest of Toronto. The rates per home would vary, based on linear road frontage.

Preliminary estimates for the total project cost would fall between $15.2 million and $17.9 million, less the cost of road restoration and paving — which comes to around $74,000 to $87,000 per home.

With an expected contribution from the town of $4.6 million, the cost would be about $61,000 to $84,000 — a shocking reality for residents.

The cost estimates for the project focuses on the village core area (the four corners at Highway 27 and County Road 88), which will be serviced with sanitary sewers at the same time services are provided for the new developments in the north-east subdivision.

A portion of the system will be funded by developers, but a large cost will be left to individual property owners, a cause for concern for many Bond Head residents.

The town emphasized that they would be looking at the government for grants to help bring the costs down, including possible “local improvement” legislation which allows municipalities to undertake certain capital projects with all or part of the costs recovered through a local improvement charges on properties that benefit from the work.

The Bond Head pumping station should be completed this year, the main from the pumping station to County Rd. 27 in 2020, and another main, from Highway 27 to 88 via Brown’s Lane, in 2021.

Work on the sewer lines is necessary, so that a connection can be created for the older part of Bond Head. If approved by petition, it would require engineering work to be completed in 2020-21, design in 2021-22, and actual construction, 2022-2025.

Neighbouring towns have completed similar work at lower costs – $15,000-$30,000 per home in King City and Nobleton.

BWG staff say they are “turning stones” and looking for options to cut costs and assured the meeting audience that this was simply an information meeting; more research on grants and ways to reduce the cost remain to be done.

A follow up meeting, with residents, will take place sometime in November.

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