Following a fire at the privately-owned Habersham Wastewater Treatment Facility, which resulted in a disruption of service for local Cumming GA homeowners connected to the sewage waste facility, City Council voted to condemn and take over operations of the facility.
During its April 2017 meeting it was reported that the estimated cost of repairs to the plant at $4 million, and the estimated cost of repairs to all the surrounding infrastructure at another $6 million – which was determined to be untenable – leaving the only reasonable solution to be moving those affected homeowners onto the existing city owned sewer system
To accomplish this, the affected homeowners were told that they must subsidize the cost with a payment of $6,250 which was due, payable in full, by July 31, 2017. As you can imagine, many Cumming GA homeowners were simply unable to make this unexpected payment, so a payment plan option was put in place.
Following requests made by Habersham subdivision residents, and recommended by Mayor Ford Gravitt, during their regular July meeting City Council members voted unanimously to make adjustments to the sewer connection fee.
The Council has approved extending the time period that Habersham customers will have to pay in full in order to receive a $1,250 reduction off the $6,250 fee from July 31, 2017 to September 29, 2017.
And, for customers unable to pay in full by Sept. 29, the Council approved reducing the interest rate for payment plan users from 4 percent to 1 percent.
Sadly, this is a bitter pill to swallow for the homeowners as the assessment will prove to be a major burden on most families living in the modestly priced neighborhoods affected. But, of course, proper sewage treatment is a must for us all so there is little else that can be done.