Borough approves Crestwood Drive water main assessment

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BY ANDREAS YILMA
CITIZENS NEWS
NAUGATUCK – The borough has approved the assessment for the Crestwood Drive residents after city water was brought to the neighborhood.

Residents who didn’t tie into the water main have a bill of $7,627 or $381 per year. Homeowners who tied in but still retained their well will have to pay $10,277 or $513 per year and residents who tied into the water main and abandoned their wells have a bill of $12,315 or $615 per year. The assessments are payable in 20 annual installments at an interest rate of 2%.

Town officials held a hearing at Town Hall on June 4 immediately before the Board of Mayor and Burgesses regular meeting to address any concerns or questions from neighborhood residents.

“This project is a partnership between the town of Naugatuck, the Connecticut Water Company, the Department of Health and the residents of Crestwood Drive, coming together to obtain city water on your street in the most economical way,” Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess said.

Mayor Executive Assistant James McGrath said the lien will become active about 45 days from the hearing. The first bill will most likely be payable in April 2025.

Borough officials in 2021 approved working with Connecticut Water Co. to install a water line on Crestwood Drive for the majority of residents and one resident on Holly Street. Homes served by well water had experienced water quality and quantity issues.

John J. Brennan Construction of Shelton, under the direction of Connecticut Water, completed the project in the fall of 2022, which included extending a water main about 3,340 linear feet to the area.

Initially the borough sent out 60 surveys to neighborhood residents with a response of about 40. About 11 residents stated they would commit to the project. After more back and forth between the borough, the water company and DPH, 38 out of the 61 committed to the project. When the project was finally over, 53 people tied into the system, McGrath said.

“The fact that everybody has water, you can all now sell your homes for much more than you could have if you had the wells,” McGrath said.

The total project cost was $2.15 million including $1.42 million for the construction cost. The water company contributed $200,000 for materials and design. The entire cost for residents came out to $703,544. The assessments will be reduced for each homeowner who paid the $500 deposit, Hess said.

The unpaid assessment balance may be paid at any time without penalty. Delinquent interest at the rate of 18% will be charged for those payments not made in the time period specified on the annual bill.