September 19, 2021

Essex to Pursue Ivoryton Village Wastewater Management Study

ESSEX— The town is expected to use its own funds to complete a preliminary study of wastewater disposal options in the Ivoryton village area.
The board of selectmen last week endorsed an expenditure of up to $7,000 to pay for a study by engineers with Fuss & O’Neill of Manchester to analyze options, including potential sites, for a community septic system that would serve several properties in Ivoryton village. The funding appropriation, which goes to the board of finance for final approval at it’s Sept. 16 meeting, was requested by the water pollution control authority, with support form the planning commission.
A separate study coordinated by the planning commission  last year had determined that wastewater disposal was a major factor limiting economic development in the Ivoryton village area.
Cheryl Haase, staff clerk for the WPCA, said the total cost of the study is $15,800. The panel had expected state funds to cover most of the cost of the study, but learned earlier this year that state funding was not available. Haase said the town had $9,408 remaining in an account that was created in the 1990s for wastewater management issues in the downtown Essex village area.
Haase said the town also has $38,408 remaining from funding that was set aside for the now completed closure of the town’s former septic lagoons off Dump Road. She suggested a portion of that money could be transferred for the Ivoryton Village study.
Haase said the study would analyze water usage and soils testing data to develop a “short list” of properties that could be potential feasible sites for a possible future community septic system that would serve several commercial and residential properties in the Ivoryton village area. The study would not pay for extensive onsite testing of specific properties, a step that could occur in the future.