DEEP RIVER— The board of selectmen and board of finance last week endorsed a proposed expansion of the municipal sewer system in to the Kirtland Street-River Street neighborhoods that would be funded by grants and a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
First Selectman Richard Smith said the proposed expansion would serve about 130 properties on and around Kirtland Street and River Street, east of Main Street (Route 154). Smith said many of the houses in this neighborhood are on smaller lots, with some failing septic systems. He said several property owners had requested an opportunity to hook in to the municipal sewer system.
Smith said the town has already received grant and loan approvals for a project that is estimated to cost about $4 million. He said about $2.8 million would be funded by a USDA loan at 2.75 percent annual interest over 40 years. The annual payment for the town would be $116,000.
Smith said voters will be asked at a town meeting later this month to authorize an expenditure of up to $4 million for the expansion project, and accept the federal grants and loan that would fund the project. He said the project could be put out to bid by the end of this year for construction in 2014.