My neighborhood was recently thrown into chaos as a petition to get sanitary sewer on our street went quite wrong.
29 homes voted on the issue. It passed by 62%. The estimated cost of the project was to be $10,000 per household, amortized over 20 years. It was the homeowner's responsibility to connect to the street ($1500 or so).
After the vote passed, we didn't hear anything for over a year. Then, on October 14th, a Thursday, we received notice from the Township that they would begin construction the following Monday.
We were also told at this time that 21 of the 29 homes would require grinder pumps,to be installed at the owner's expense. Some homes require TWO pumps. Estimated costs are $5000 per pump, plus permits, electrical/plumber connection fees, and lifetime maintenance of the pumps.
I'm absolutely baffled as to why the engineer would have proceeded with this project, knowing it would double our costs, without informing us first. I came home to find a 2x3 foot metal plate in the middle of my front lawn, essentially destroying my frontage. It looks like a gravestone. They also broke off a 4 foot chunk of my aggregate driveway, which, unfortunately, is on city property. I can't wait to see how they fix it.
My question is: in your experience, given the option between a "grinder pump"-fed sewer connection, or a regular, gravity feed system, is there a general preference? I know I wouldn't want a restrictive covenant and a pump that I have to maintain for the life of the house given the option.
Will this investment ($10,000 on property tax, plus cost of pump: approx $8000) translate to an $18,000 increase to the value of my home?