Summary of the Master Plan – Brown County Democrat
Aug 20, 2020. Town Council Meeting. A presentation on the plan was presented. It was stated the intent was not to approve the plan at this meeting. The consensus appeared to be that there was a valid need for system improvements and this should be the priority for Nashville. There was no documentation presented of a valid need to expand service to other areas in the county that could be served by the Nashville Plant.
July 28, 2020. My comments about the plan – also shared at the FaceBook group – Brown County Matters. I reviewed the plan and have a few initial questions below. I shared these with Town Council Member Nancy Crocker and referenced these questions at last month’s Town Council meeting.
The initial perception is that this is a Town centric strategy.
- On the town’s “growth”, how many new residents were acquired as a result of annexation (pg 11)?
- The Town has had a policy that linked annexations with sewer service. What is the Town’s current position?
- What is the projected cost to Nashville Sewer customers over the next 10, 20, 40-year planning cycle (pg 1) if there are no new customers, e.g., growth? Is this information available in a spreadsheet? Are “future demands” being overestimated to “reduce operations and maintenance costs” to Town customers and taxpayers?
- 40-year potential and 2.50-mile radius of Nashville (pg 1). Is the 2.50-mile radius in the current agreement with the Brown County Regional Sewer District (BCRSD)?
- Reference to “Hill Top” Development. Is the name “Hill Top” based on a legal description? The majority of homes are located on Town Hill Rd, East, and West.
- I am skeptical of the assumptions regarding population and growth projections. Did the assumptions factor in the economic impact of COVID? What are the qualifications of the individuals guesstimating these projections? (pg. 14-17)
- Overall, the county has a low to moderate-income level of 53.1% (2017). Hook-ups and higher monthly utility costs will be a burden for many. The “target” of a monthly rate of $65.00 (pg. 37) is likely conservative. Without growth, costs of maintenance will have to be passed on to the customer. Helmsburg customers are currently paying $92.50. I would like to see a spreadsheet that projects revenues, costs, and monthly rates over the life cycle of the respective projects given the growth and no growth projections. Maintenance and repair costs have to be passed on to the customers – many of which are on fixed incomes.
- The plan references areas with failed/failing septic systems to justify a sewer expansion (pg 10, 14, section 4.3, pg.17). What is the evidence of failure? How many systems have been identified as failing?
- Pg 11 – typo regarding the 2018 estimated population of “18,013”?
- On the Recommended Sewer Matrix chart (pg 28-29), what is the supporting documentation regarding the ratings? I live on Town Hill – I was not contacted. Residences have replaced inadequate systems with Presby’s. What is the detail that supports these ratings?
- Extraterritorial Zoning Ordinance (pg.3). What is this? Does it provide the Town with the same powers that are granted to an RSD? An RSD can “force” sewer hook-up. The BCRSD has adopted this standard. Exceptions to the rule are only temporary.
July 15, 2020. BCD. Town developing sewer master plan, updates, expansions by Sara Clifford
- … in 2018, the Brown County RSD vacated about a mile-and-a-half radius around town limits — basically, to the tops of the hills that surround major roads into town — in case the town ever wanted to extend sewer to those properties.
- This draft sewer master plan includes several neighborhoods in that mile-and-a-half buffer zone as well as others, and prioritizes them, in the engineers’ opinion, according to how quickly the town should or could bring them sewer:
Dec 4, 2019. BCD. Town OKs major study of sewer service Sara Clifford – The Nashville Town Council has hired a firm to do a comprehensive study of Nashville’s sewer plant and operations — how the plant is…