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Local News in Brief : Panel Opposes Plan for Sewer District

June 30, 1988

A residents' committee studying sewage problems in La Canada Flintridge decided Monday to recommend that the La Canada Flintridge City Council abandon plans for a sewer-assessment district for a one-mile stretch of land along Foothill Boulevard.

The committee, formed to look into the proposed plan and examine alternatives, concluded that opposition to the plan was too strong to pursue it any further, said committee Chairman Walt Downhower.

Petitions supporting the district had been presented to the City Council in 1985 by several property owners along Foothill Boulevard between Palm Drive and Briggs Avenue. But concerns about assessment costs caused many of the owners to turn against the plan.

The city had expected the installation of the proposed sewer system to cost about $950,000 but later discovered that it would cost $1.6 million, said Public Works Director Fullmer Chapman.

Downhower estimated that between 53% and 57% of the property owners in the proposed district oppose it.

The city has been looking for ways to deal with its sewage disposal problem. Most of the homes in the city use septic tanks for sewage disposal, but there have been frequent problems with leaking tanks and improper disposal.

Chapman said there have been some preliminary discussions with Glendale about providing sewer hookups for individual parcels of land adjacent to existing sewers. The next meeting of the committee is scheduled for July 11 at 7 p.m. at the city offices. The committee is scheduled to make a full report of its findings and recommendations to the City Council on July 25.

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