Council lessens distance rules on failed septic systems

Single-family homes with a failed septic system will be required to connect to the city sewer system if within 250 feet after Tuesday’s vote by City Council.

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Single-family homes with a failed septic system will be required to connect to the city sewer system if within 250 feet after Tuesday’s vote by City Council.

KINGMAN – The City Council on Tuesday followed the Municipal Utility Commission’s direction by lessening the distance that homeowners will have to abide by if their septic system fails.

The old rule required existing single family homes with a failed septic system to connect to the city sewer system if their property was within 500 feet of an extendable sewer line.

The new rule cuts in half the 500 feet requirement to 250 feet. The MUC voted unanimously for the new rule, and the council did the same.

The old rule of 500 feet still applies to commercial property and those who want to add on to their single-family home, according to Greg Henry, city engineer.

In other business, the council went against what city staff recommended on a $60,000 contract with Buxton and the acquisition of a key piece of property that is key to the overall design of the Eastern Street improvements.

The Buxton contract, which is for the formulation of a retail development strategy, was originally for one year. Buxton wanted it for three years, with the city being allowed to opt out of the contract after one year with a $10,000 cancellation fee.

The sticking point came when Buxton wanted to be paid half of the $60,000 contract (for the first year) up front and the other half in 60 days. Subsequent years would be $50,000 for services from Buxton.

Councilmember Jen Miles questioned why the contract would be paid in full with work still to be done the rest of the year. “Why aren’t the payments phased throughout the year?” she asked.

Councilmember Carole Young said she agreed with Miles. She said she didn’t like paying off the contract before all the work was done.

The council voted unanimously that the wording be changed in the contract. A Buxton representative was present and said his company would attempt to rework the contract.

The other subject where the council put the brakes on a proposal was the acquisition of vacant property at Eastern Street and Pacific Avenue, owned by Edward and Diane Pfingster of Dubois, Pa.

The property is .23 of an acre, and the Pfingsters indicated $36,500 was the lowest price they would accept for it.

The intended use of the property by the city would be for roadway purposes to allow proper alignment in the curve of Eastern Street and also to provide an area for storm water detention.

Councilmember Kenny Dean said he thought the parcel was overpriced and he personally wouldn’t pay that much. The city shouldn’t suffer because the owners bought at “prime market price,” he said.

Mayor Richard Anderson said he wasn’t comfortable with the price as well, and Councilmember Larry Carver agreed, saying the council has a “fiduciary responsibility” to the taxpayers to not overpay for the parcel.

Carver moved that the city get an appraisal and to reconnect with the property owners. The motion passed unanimously.