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VOTE EXPECTED TODAY ON NEW SOUTHEAST SEWER ROUTE FINISHED PROJECT WOULD BE FOUR YEARS AWAY

VOTE EXPECTED TODAY ON NEW SOUTHEAST SEWER ROUTE FINISHED PROJECT WOULD BE FOUR YEARS AWAY

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An alternate route for the proposed southeastern sewer project formally will be reviewed by the Guilford County Board of Commissioners today.

The commissioners got a look at the alternate route this past week during a work session, but took no action.They were generally receptive to the changes presented by County Manager John Witherspoon and are expected to vote on them today.

The new route basically eliminates some of the pumping stations in the southeastern section of the project and makes the lines large enough to accommodate future development in the area.

The changes also eliminate a north-to-south line that would have served more of the old Forest Oaks subdivision, but section 17 of Forest Oaks is still in the sewer's path. Witherspoon said the old Forest Oaks areas never were targeted for sewer in the county's plan, but would have benefited anyway from the sewer's previous route.

The sewer is designed to replace faulty septic systems in the area, and the specific subdivisions that would benefit are generally those whose lots were both inspected by and issued septic permits by former Health Department sanitarian Larry Davis. The county later fired Davis, accusing him of improperly and willfully issuing permits for property unsuitable for septic systems.

Changes in the construction would increase the cost of the project from $7.2 million to $7.5 million, but should not delay the 1994 completion schedule, Witherspoon has said. He says the alternate route is a better long-term solution because it would be available to more people.

Witherspoon and Planning Director Jim Elza have said the $7.5 million project cost should not be confused with an engineer's report that recommends the county spend $22 million for the ``ultimate development' of the Alamance Creek basin. The basin includes the southeast subdivisions that will be served as part of the $7.5 million plan.

Witherspoon said that cost covers building lines up to the property edge, as well as the cost of providing pumping stations.

In other business, the commissioners will review the second request in as many months to locate an asphalt plant on Drummond Road. The commissioners voted 5-1 in July against a special use permit that would have allowed a plant in an area zoned for heavy industrial use.

The request to be considered today involves both a rezoning and a special use permit, and this proposed plant is about 700 feet from where the first plant would have operated. The Planning Board recommended approval of the request, but Drummond Road residents have appealed that recommendation.

The commissioners meet at 6 p.m. at the Old County Courthouse, 301 W. Market St.

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