High Meadow; Ledgewood; Newbury Crossing Condominiums
At the request of the High Meadow Condo Owners Association, 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 condo complexes bordered by the Railroad, Route 133 and Silvermine Road, thus including the Newbury Crossing and Ledgewood Condos.
A Pulbic Hearing on the project was held Wednesday Nov 28 at 7:10PM for the purpose of reviewing the engineering and financial details of the project. The conservative cost estimate is at $2.1MM. There are some unknowns, particularily the requirements of the Wetlands Commission.
What is the status of the project Winter 2013?
The Approval Process for a typical project is summarized on this site.
In February, 2013, the project was brought before the Board of Selectman, then onto the Board of Finance for approval to float a bond. Bonding is the lowest cost of financing. Since the project is over $1MM, a Town wide vote is required. That is slated to happen with the budget vote late May.
The application for Wetlands approval is quite extensive. With endorsement by the three condo associations, a committment has been made to go forward. Engineering has been completed for application to the Wetlands commission with a rather sophisticated presentation. The project will likely be limited to the dry summer months, so 2013 is the earliest feasible installation time.
How is the project paid for?
The project costs are funded by a Bond Anticipation Note (BAN), that is eventually converted into a 20-year bond. The bond is paid by those benefited by the project, the condo owners. See an explanation Benefit Assessments. Be sure to review the Q&A page as well. Benefit Assessments calculations for this High Meadow, Newbury Crossing and Ledgewood project are provided for here by way of explantion and example.
The map below is not easy to read on the web but gives a rough idea of the proposed project. The plan is to take advantage of some existing septic system piping. The green lines are new sewer lines. The shaded area is wetlands. The entire flow is proposed to go under the RR tracks into lines buried in Pocono Road almost directy in front of the Fire House.
The red lines will be new installation inside the boundaries of each association and owned by the associations.
The thicker bluish lines will be common, maintained and owned by the WPCA.
The routing is under a railroad bridge to Pocono Road. See the narrative.
The greenish areas are wetlands.
The dash lines are bounded by wetlands regulations, but otherwise have no functional meaning. The boundries include unnamed water runoff creek beds outside of the defined wetlands, but under the jurisdiction of the Wetlands Commission.