A decade-long fight to join Greene County’s water system could end this month for a group of Beavercreek residents when commissioners vote on a water main project for the Rosehill Avenue and Parkhurst Road area.
The project will cost $102,000 and will include installing water mains, valves and fire hydrants. The county will cover $8,000 of the cost, and the remaining balance, $94,000 will be paid by residents through a special assessment, said Ron Volkerding, the Greene County Sanitary Engineering director.
Each owner will be required to pay the$3,500 tap-in fee and $240 connection charge before a meter is installed on the property, Volkerding said.
“The property owner shall also be required to install the water service line from the meter pit to the house at his or her own expense,” he said during the hearing.
Residents in eight of 11 homes in the area signed a petition dated June 2012 to be added to the county water system. A month later, Volkerding met with residents to answer questions. He also held a similar meeting with property owners in July.
On Tuesday, about 15 residents attended a public hearing on extending the county water line to the area, and told commissioners about the difficulties they’ve had with not being on the water system.
Joann York, an 85-year-old Parkhurst Road resident, has lived in her home for 57 years and has been trying to get on the county water system for about a decade, said her daughter Carol York, who testified on her behalf during the hearing.
“She can’t take a shower,” York said on behalf of her mother. “You wash a load of clothes, you don’t have water for the rest of the day.”
Robert “Bob” Kovach II, who has lived on Rosehill Avenue for 11 years, was in favor of the project. He said residents have tried to get on the county water system at least two times in the past, but the public hearing on Tuesday is the farthest they have gotten in the process.
According to the county sanitary engineering department, there was not enough support from property owners at those times for an assessment project.
“I’ve had water problems from the start,” Kovach testified during the public hearing. “I started with if I do a load of laundry and take a shower, I’d run out of water. I’ve learned to manage and change my habits. Through the years, it’s just gotten worse and worse and worse. Now, if I get a five minute shower, I’m happy.”
Kovach said he believed multiple residents were having similar problems, and those who didn’t would eventually run into difficulty with not being on the county water system.
He said the issue could also impact the value of their properties.
“People who have not had wells in their past may be a little apprehensive to move into a home that has a well.”
A tentative schedule developed by the county sanitary engineering department suggested commissioners vote on a resolution related to the new water lines on Dec. 12, however, the issue has not been added to the commission meeting agenda at this time.