Folks in Holt are one step closer to getting hooked up to City of Tuscaloosa sewer service. However, many of the people who live there have concerns about the costs that come with it.
The Projects Committee of the Tuscaloosa City Council favors extending sewer service to parts of Holt.
The Tuscaloosa County Commission would spend close to $9 million in federal disaster relief money from the April 27 tornado to connect people in parts of Holt to Tuscaloosa's sewer system. That would help nearly 300 current homeowners, including Jill Stokley.
Stokley says the last time her neighbors asked the city for help with sewer, they weren't take seriously.
"At one time, when we were having trouble with the septic tank, the city laughed at us when we asked about being hooked up to the city sewer," she said.
Her East Park neighborhood petitioned the city for sewer connections years ago, but Tuscaloosa City engineers said it could cost between $50,00 to $15,000 per home to do it, she said.
Stokley believes if the price is right, more homeowners in East Park would consider paying for sewer connections.
"If they decide to do this and the price is reasonable, then yes. But if it's not like they were telling us at the city council meeting five or six years ago, no," she said.
Tuscaloosa County Commission Chairman Hardy McCollum said in a phone interview that federal grant money pays the majority of the cost to lay sewer lines in Holt. Homeowners would only pay to hook their homes up to the new sewer line.
McCollum believes that will be much cheaper than folks were told in years past.
The full city council votes on the plan next week. If it passes, 90 to 100 days from then, bids could go out to do the work.
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