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Public Q & A Session - January 15, 2019

over 1 year ago

Municipal Staff fielded questions from the public about the proposed water system at Chester Area Middle School on January 15, 2019. If you were unable to make it, or if you attended but forget some of the questions and answers, below is the Facebook Live video. To view a copy of the questions and answers, click here.


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Author Commented Jennifer over 1 year ago
To Chris and Joanne MacDonald: The Director of Engineering and Public Works answers your question with,The location of wells in Middle River has not been identified at this time and requires additional investigation. Water, once treated, will be delivered to the Village through an underground pipe that would run along the trail corridor. No costs will be incurred by the residents outside the Village for a system, based on the financial model presented to date.
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Author Commented Jennifer over 1 year ago
Ms. Judy Buckley:In answer to your questions, the Director of Engineering and Public Works as well as the Director of Finance have offered this:The proposed water system will mainly service the Village of Chester with different options available depending on which water source is chosen. An example for clarification, if surface water is selected as the water source, it could be possible to include Target Hill Road in the service area.The exact number of people within the service boundary on dug or drilled wells was not determined. However, we understand that the majority of the Village is serviced by dug wells.The Municipality did look into drilling a well and installing a distribution system for what is referred to as the “Village T”, but this option was not pursued as potential customers weren't interested at the time.Yes, it is also our understanding that well agreements can be in place for individuals/properties to share a well.In answer to your concern about liens, the mandatory capital costs would be charged to property owners over 25 years as a local improvement charge, collected in the same manner as rates and taxes. The only amount to be cleared upon selling a home would be any unpaid charges at the time of the sale, similar to any outstanding taxes. This does not mean the full amount to be collected over the 25 years needs to be cleared at the time of the sale, but only the unpaid charges to date.
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Judy Buckley over 1 year ago
Just what area will the water system be servicing? Is it just Chester Village? Of those 800 property owners, how many are on drilled wells? How many on dug wells? It seems those on drilled wells are not having a water shortage. Many have water purification systems they’ve already invested in. Has anyone looked into drilled wells for the businesses in the village? For those having problems? It’s my understanding more than one property could be serviced from one drilled well. Am I correct? If this system goes ahead, my biggest concern is that these costs not be noted as a ‘lien’ against a property. They should be noted as a ‘water charge’ as part of the property tax. A lien looks like a debt, to be paid in full at the time of the sale of a property, by the property owner at that time. No one owner should be responsible for the full payment if they sell before the period is up. They are not the user of the system, the new user/property owner should now be charged on their property taxes. This should be an on going payment as part of the property taxes .. there will always be a cost maintaining the system. Taxes can always be adjusted accordingly when the 25% cost to the property owners has been paid. Thank you.
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CHRIS AND JOANNE MACDONALD over 1 year ago
If Middle River is the chosen site for a water supply, where will the well(s) be located and what is the plan for getting the water to the village? What costs are expected to be incurred by property owners outside the village?
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