Grant to reduce county share of sewer hook-ups
By Kitty Conley email@example.com October 22, 2013 12:00PM
Updated: October 22, 2013 1:15PM
CROWN POINT — Residents of Willowdale Subdivision are in desperate straits.
Their septic systems are failing and they and the county have entered into an agreement with the city of Crown Point allowing them to hook up to the city sanitary sewers, all of this at the expense of the county.
After the subdivision, between Timothy Ball Elementary School and White Hawk subdivision, are online with the municipal wastewater system the subdivision will become part of the city of Crown Point. In the meantime each home in unincorporated Lake County will be paying a 25 percent surcharge for being allowed to hook up to the city utility.
At the Oct. 16 Lake County Drainage Board meeting MS-4 coordinator Dan Gardner informed the board of finding a source of money to decrease the amount needed to be put up by the county. He had conducted a survey of those immediately requiring an alternate sanitary sewer source.
“They qualify as low to middle income homes,” said Gardner.
That will qualify for federal Community Development Block Grant funds earmarked for the county. These funds can be used to fund the sanitary sewer hookups to the city.
This will offer immediate relief not only to these homes in Willowdale but also to the homes on Easy Street in White Hawk that have had the offal flowing from failed septic tanks of their unincorporated neighbors onto their property.