Cumberland County Commission approves NEW sewer project

The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners has approved the Overhills Park Water and Sewer Project.

Background:  Severe septic tank failure

Location:  Spring Lake Highway 210, Overhills Park subdivision (East Manchester Road and NC 210)

Cost of Project:  3,372,700 (federal and county)

Around 300 estimated lots will be served by the project.  There has been no final decision made on the fees property owners will be incur.  Please see additional information from the county website below.

Overhills Park

Resource Links (from the Cumberland County Government website)

On April 14, 2014, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution accepting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding conditions for the Overhills Sewer Project, which is estimated to cost about $3.4 million. A USDA Rural Utilities Services grant will cover $2.5 million. The County will also receive an $819,000 Rural Utilities Services 40-year loan and contribute $50,700 of County funds to the project.

Cumberland County is currently moving forward with the design and permitting of the sewer project. This process takes about six months to complete. The county expects to start construction in fall 2015 and complete construction in fall 2016. The cost to the homeowners to connect to the system will be $100 for a deposit (similar to what citizens pay to other utilities) and the cost for a plumber or the property owners themselves to connect their home to the sewer tap at the road. The homeowners will be charged a flat sewer rate for usage if connected; and if not connected, they will be charged an availability fee to repay the loan for the cost of the installation of the sewer mains. These amounts have yet to be finalized.

Before construction begins, the county will have a public meeting informing the homeowners of the construction timeline and to answer any questions.

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Published by Angie Hedgepeth

Angie Hedgepeth, Government Affairs Director for the Association, attends all the local meetings each month, as well as NAR and NCAR meetings, and keeps members abreast of the multiple issues being addressed in local, state and national government. She prepares reports on the meetings she attends and they are included in the weekly "Government Affairs Update".