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751 South developers seek sewer from county; commissioners to discuss Wednesday

Posted by on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Editor's Note: This blog entry has been updated since it was originally posted. See the end of the posting for the new information.

Consultants and attorneys for Southern Durham Development, the company that wants to build the much-debated 751 South project near Jordan Lake, have asked county officials to consider serving the development with sewer services from the Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant on N.C. 55. Durham County Commissioners will consider the request at their work session already scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., County Manager Mike Ruffin said.

The request comes after Durham's City Council voted last month to delay any decision on extending water and sewer service to the proposed development until a related civil lawsuit is settled.

Commissioner Michael Page made the request early Tuesday to add the item to Wednesday's previously scheduled work session, Ruffin said. The commissioners will likely ask county staff to gather information on the request and report back, Ruffin said.

The city and county have long-standing agreements on portions of the county that each government will service, Ruffin said. Ruffin said the agreements go back many years and he could not immediately determine how those agreements factor into the request.

UPDATE: The Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant is located at 5926 N.C. 55, and about 7,000 feet from the property that Southern Durham Development wants to build into 1,300 residences, plus offices and a shopping center, according to a letter from Coulter Jewell Thames, P.A., a downtown surveying and engineering firm. (PDF)

The letter refers to a preliminary water and sewer report that has been presented to County Engineer Glen Whisler and was not immediately available Monday.

The wastewater treatment plant has undergone several major upgrades since it was built in the 1960s. About five years ago, the plant underwent $42 million in improvements that doubled its capacity to process 12 million gallons per day and to change the treatment process of the effluent that gets pumped into Jordan Lake to meet more stringent standards, Ruffin said.

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