Thursday, October 14, 2010

Crestwood Changes Policy for Sewer Line Repairs

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports Crestwood home owners seeking sewer lateral repairs will have to foot part of the cost or at least part of the restoration labor under a revised policy. Crestwood is one of several St. Louis County cities supporting a repair fund through an annual $28 charge on single-family homes.

Since the program began in 1999, repairs to 399 home systems have been completed. But the annual fund revenue of about $150,000 is now exceeded by project demand, and it appears that fewer repairs could be performed annually.

The new policy, effective immediately, requires applicants to show evidence that they have attempted to perform three sewer line cablings, rather than two, within the prior 12 months to try to open the sewer line. They also will be responsible for final grading and landscaping work on their property after the city-paid lateral repair is completed. The policies will save the city's fund an estimated $37,000 to $51,000 annually. Officials could not estimate the extra cost to the average home owner who applies and is approved for repairs.

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