Kingston: Sewer Commission Moves Forward with Expansion Project

The Kingston Sewer Commission voted unanimously to move forward with the sewer expansion project.

Elaine Fiore, the Commission Chair, says the Selectmen approved a $1.6 million loan that will be used to continue design, engineering, and permitting for the project.

Final costs will not be known until that work is completed. The town is also waiting for results on applications for a federal and MassWorks grant.

“We’ll have better numbers to be able to come up with a total project cost once we have the results of the grant applications and when we’re at 100 per cent design and the project has gone out to bid,” said Fiore.

The town is submitting an application to the State Revolving Fund for a low interest loan of $20 million.

There are three different scenarios. One is for two additional tanks. A municipal lien would be placed on customers who are interested in the additional capacity to secure the debt owed.

Another option is for one additional tank. A lien would also be placed.

If the project does not move forward, debt incurred to date would be paid by using a portion of the Transfer Station leaching field for additional capacity. Liens would be placed for properties that receive additional capacity.

“If the project is not affordable to those customers who want the capacity, then we will not move forward at that point in time,” said Fiore. “Until then, we will continue with design, engineering, and permitting, so we will get a final cost.”

The town is expected to hear results on the grants in the next few months.

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