Medina Journal-Register — For the Town of Ridgeway, the second time was the charm.
Tuesday night the town board officially created Water District 13.
Late last year the town board had the pieces in place to set up Water District 13, but at the public hearing there was enough opposition that gave the trustees pause. After some discussion the district was established through a permissive referendum. That meant that it would only be established if enough affected property owners wanted it.
“We set it up by petition, which took a little more work,” explained Brian Napoli, Ridgeway Town Supervisor. “We wrote up the petition for the district and contacted every property owner in the proposed district.”
On Tuesday, at another public hearing for the formation of the district, there were no comments.
Part of that was due in part to the work put in by former Town Trustee Paul Canham, whose work Napoli lauded. Canham lives in the District 13.
“Paul contacted all of the more than 30 property owners in the district in two days,” Napoli said. “He did a great job.”
The petition was circulated for the town to be sure that every affected property owner was given a voice. A vote was briefly discussed as an option, but the town board felt it would not be conducive to all affected.
The majority of the district’s resident’s would need to want town water, and according to Napoli 25 people said they did. Another factor — the assessed property value in the district — was also involved. Napoli said that in terms of assessed value, the 25 in favor of the water district made up more than double the amount needed for the town to continue with the project.
The total cost of Water District 13 is $800,000, of which Ridgeway will pay $390,000. The other $410,000 would come from a grant issued from US Rural Development. As for the town’s share, that amount was approved Tuesday night, as well. It will be borrowed as a low interest loan and paid back by those in the newly formed district.
The first-year start-up fee for those who receive water in Water District 13 includes installation costs, home-specific plumbing charges, and of course the debt service and cost of water. The one-time fees add up to cost residents a little more than $1,400 in the first year.
Starting in the second year, the annual cost for the district residents would be the debt service of $449.60 plus the cost of water, which is projected to be an average of $229, but can fluctuate depending on use.
Along with the homes in the district, fire hydrants will also be installed to enhance emergency services in the area.
District 13 includes 17,100 linear feet of 8-inch pipe. It will affect homes on Bates Road north of Portage Road and a portion of East Scott Road.