Sewage Nightmare Discussed
At the meeting, sewage district officials proposed the construction of a sewer line to about 10 homeowners. The goal was to figure out a way to eliminate the current problem, which is, according to DNR, an unmaintained sewage lagoon that serves a number of these homeowners.
DNR conducted a study back in June which found that the lagoon serving Country Squire Estates was damaged, and had plants growing in places where they should not, a potential cause of sewage back-up.
Officials outlined a plan which would provide a sewer line hook-up to all of the homeowners the lagoon affects. The neighborhood is near Brown School Road, north of I-70. Although some of the residents in the neighborhood were initially apprehensive about the plan, particularly concerning the Country Squire Estates development, the general consensus was that this plan would benefit the community in the long-term.
"I think it's just the price of progress with Columbia developing and this kind of stuff," Sanderson Lane resident, Twila Carey said. "I don't like the idea of being forced to do it for a developer, but I don't see any way around it."
Tom Raterman of the Boone County Sewer District said, "as the cities grow outward and they encounter these older neighborhoods, there's more pressure for these older neighborhoods to kinda fix their problems."
If all goes as planned, this proposed sewer line installation would cost each homeowner about $6,000 over the next 20 years or about $50 per month.
For now, residents say they plan to hold a neighborhood meeting to hammer out the details of how they want to handle this proposed sewer line. Neighbors are eager to figure out what should be done about the lagoon, which they say should have been taken care of long ago.