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Hooksett Sewer Commission tries to strike a deal with Walmart

HOOKSETT — Councilors learned Wednesday night of a Sewer Commission offer to Walmart that could speed development of 64 acres in the Exit 10 area.

“The original deal was for a smaller line that would be for just them to use, and then the town got involved and saw that there are other companies looking at (the exit 10 area of the I-93) and began looking at expanding it,” Sewer Commission Chairman Sid Baines said.

Baines told the board that the construction of a larger sewer line for the Walmart at 3 Commerce Drive would benefit the town by opening up land for development while giving other incoming businesses, like Bass Pro, the ability to hook up to the sewer.

Baines said that Walmart would pay an estimated $3 million to put in the larger line. Any business that hooks up to the new line would pay their normal sewer and system development fees. The town would turn the money over to Walmart until the cost of the sewer line is recouped.

“Once the loan is repaid, they become just another customer,” Baines said of Walmart.

“They (Walmart) don’t want a septic system; they want to be on municipal sewer or build a sewer treatment plant on site. Originally (Walmart) had gone to the town about a treatment plant, but this is better. By working with the town, this saves them the operational cost of maintenance costs and not having to hire new employees,” said Bruce Kudrick, superintendent of Hooksett’s wastewater plant.

Baines said he has no timetable as to when the commission expects to hear back from Walmart.

“They are a big company. I would imagine that a project like this is just a small line-item for their board of directors. I hope we hear back soon,” he said.

If they do accept, the Sewer Commission would have the ability to sign the agreement without consent from the Town Council. Baines said that since the Sewer Commission is an elected board and operates on a budget entirely based upon revenue generated by fees, it is able to control its own budget.

“The only time we would need their (council) consent is if we were asking the town for money beyond our budget or if we went bankrupt,” Baines said.

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