Two homes added to sewer extension project

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on Oct 16, 2013 - 12:36 PM

Two homes that were originally left out of the first phase of the Terrapin Cove sewer extension project will now be served by the project, thanks to a consensus on the matter from the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors at its work session Tuesday night in the colonial courthouse.

The board also requested that county staff take bids to also proceed with sewer extension to Azalea Point Road, which was initially supposed to be completed in a second phase of the project.

Supervisors directed the utilities department to move forward with the Terrapin Cove sewer project at its August meeting. The initial phase of the project was intended to install sewers along Holly and Laurel drives, providing service to all properties on those streets except for two homes. Initially, those residences would have been provided service when phase two is installed from Azalea Point.

At its Oct. 1 meeting, the board of supervisors requested additional information regarding the project, including the feasibility of adding the gravity sewers to the current project. Also at that meeting, Terrapin Cove resident James Peters asked the board to consider enlarging the scope of the phase one installation and add the gravity sewers on Azalea Point as well.

Gloucester’s utilities director Marty Schlesinger said the addition of the Azalea Point gravity sewer is estimated to increase the cost of the sewer extension from $250,000 to $400,000.

At-large supervisor Ashley Chriscoe asked whether the additional funds to complete the Azalea Point part of the project could also come from the county’s development fund (like phase one) or whether another funding source would have to be used.