To Residents of Dean and Pocono Road:
You are receiving this letter because your residence is in the area where the Brookfield Town Sanitarian has determined that the septic systems are at risk of failure, have failed or are failing and cannot be built to current State of Connecticut septic system standards. The subject region is in a low-lying area that includes Dean Road in its entirety, and Pocono Road north of Silvermine Road.
The Board of Selectman and the Planning Commission have both given their approval to pursue the installation of sewers in this area at the request of the Town Sanitarian back in 2011. Since then residents have approached the Water Pollution Control Authority (Sewer Commission) because they are facing significant expenses to rebuild their decades old system. The purpose of this note is to invite you to an informational public hearing on the matter. This hearing is scheduled for Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 133 at the Brookfield Town Hall. The meeting will be hosted by the WPCA. The WPCA Commissioners, its attorney and engineer will be in attendance along with the Town Sanitarian and Health Director to present the project and answer questions.
Preliminary engineering work has been done to develop two alternated and economize each design. Please know that at this point the installation of sewers in this area is not a predetermined outcome. This meeting will be a chance to hear from you.
As is the case for each Brookfield sewer district, it is expected that the cost of the installation will be borne by the affected owners as an assessment on each property. The WPCA has applied to the State to share in the funding. The chances of success to obtaining a grant is unknown. Should the project proceed, the following convention will most likely apply:
- The assessment will be determined by a calculation of the total project cost divided by the total Grand List value of all the properties that benefit from the sewer installation.
- An assessment is made on each property regardless of whether or not a property elects to connect. This is because, by State Statute, properties “benefited” by availability of sewer are subject to the assessment.
- The Grand List value of each property is determined by the Office of the Tax Assessor.
- While financing for the project is not yet in place, normally, a new sewer project is financed by a 20-year bond. The assessment is payable once a year divided into 20 installments, with bond interest applied to the unpaid balance.
A map and other details can be found below:
Communications in 2012:
At the request of the Town Sanitarian and consent from the Board of Selectman and the Planning Commission, the WPCA has embarked on an initiative to study the engineering and costs of sewering the Dean Road Area.
This was the subject of a Public Hearing Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Town Hall, 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield. The sentiment was mixed. Consequently, it was decided by the WPCA to conduct a survey of all property owners that could be affected.
(See the Public Hearing follow up letter to the Dean Road area below the map.)
Overall about 1/3 responded Yes, 1/3 responded No and 1/3 did not respond.
The mandate was unclear in 2012. The WPCA is only in a position to serve property owners that request sewer service. It is not in a position to force the installation of sewers without a mandate or urging from area owners, the Town Sanitarian and/or the Brookfield Director of Health.
April 2012 Letter to Dean Road Area Owners:
Re: Dean Road Area Sewer Proposal
Dear Residents of Dean and Pocono Road,
Recall that the Brookfield WPCA held an informational public hearing on January 11, 2012, in which you were invited to participate and ask questions about the potential sewering along Dean Road, Pocono Road and a portion of Silvermine Road. A small fraction of affected owners attended. Consequently, it seems appropriate to send a survey to each owner for a more complete gauge of this issue from affected property owners.
The Town Sanitarian and the Brookfield Director of Health generated the request for sewers in this area and the Board of Selectman and the Planning Commission approved pursuit of the installation of sewers. At the Public Hearing, the Town Sanitarian reported that many systems are stressed and have failed in the subject area. Further, in most instances, septic system repairs in the area cannot comply with current state standards. That there are failures with associated environmental, health and safety challenges are a matter of public record and could have a negative affect on property values.
Preliminary engineering work suggests the cost of the pump and piping system will approach 10% of the Grand List value of each property. This cost will be recovered as a Benefit Assessment payable over 20 years. There are other application and connection costs that can be reviewed on-line. Of course, the benefit is that properties connected will be increased in value by this amount for a permanent solution to the septic challenges in this low-lying area.
The installation of sewers is not ordered, at least yet. Consequently, the WPCA requests your feedback regarding this potential project. This is to request that you complete the survey on-line prior to April 24. The on-line version is preferred, but if that is inconvenient. Please return the attached questionnaire on or before Tuesday April 24, 2012.
The minutes of the 1/11/12 meeting, as well as a map and other details can be found on-line at www.brookfieldwpca.com.