The Homer Town Council is considering getting into the waste water treatment business although they declined an offer to buy a sewer system that is already in place in the city.  

Mayor Doug Cheek reported at the city council meeting Tuesday night, Sept. 14, that Brad Day, of Chimney Oaks Golf Community, came by and offered to sell the community sewer system to the city for $7 million. 

“We decided not to do that,” said Cheek.

Council member James Dumas said he did some research on the septic system. He pointed out that it is only permitted for 72,000 gallons per day. 

The mayor and council did agree that a sewer feasibility study is a priority. The study is expected to cost approximately $30,000, and the council is in the process of applying for two grants to pay for the study. Grant or no grant, the council seems ready to move ahead with the study. 

Rick Billingslea of the Homer Development Authority has been assisting the city with writing the grants. A small, non-matching grant should cover the cost of the sewer study while a large grant, includes 7,900 feet of water lines, a secondary well, and sewer related items. The deadline for that grant application is October 30.

Billingslea did point out that he would include the potential sewer purchase in the grant. 

In other business at the meeting, the council discussed a new well site. The geologist has picked out a spot which is 50 feet off the city property on Evans Street, and it is near the current well. The city is in negotiations with a property owner to purchase the additional property. 

The council also approved a bid from Michael Massey for a critical needs project to repair exposed water lines drainage issues caused by heavy rains. The roads included are a portion of York, Church, and Parson streets and the costs is expected to be $33,000.

The council also agreed to revisit the permit fee schedule that was adopted in 2013. It came to light that a resident plans to build two pole barns and the permit would cost $5,200. City attorney David Syfan said he will draft an amendment to the current ordinance. 

The council will hold a work session on Tuesday, October 5, at 8:30 a.m. and the next regularly scheduled council meeting is Tuesday, October 12, at 6 p.m.


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