$12,500 sewer study fails to gain support in Salem
“Over the last two years, we have seen little demand or support for the extension of sewer,” said Selectman Stephen Campbell.The likely need for a pumping station would be a huge expense that would require a bond vote and would not garner the support of a large segment of the voters, Campbell said.Robert Puff, the town’s engineering director, estimated a pumping station could cost around $1 million.Campbell added that $12,500 for the study is also real money.
Everett McBride, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, disagreed that the study would be a waste of time.
“There are alternatives, but they are not what you would call cost effective in the big picture,” said Puff.
McBride admitted that it does not seem like the town will move forward with sewer expansion.
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