Wolfeboro sewer moratorium lifted by state
Town issuing building permits again
March 04, 2009
WOLFEBORO — Town Manager Dave Owen received good news last Friday, April 17, that the N.H. Department of Environmental Services has approved lifting the ban on new sewer hookups.
Owen said that effective Friday, April 17, the town will issue building permits for projects involving sewer hookups, ending a moratorium that has been in place for four years, since April 19, 2005.
Mitchell D. Locker of the Department of Environmental Services faxed a letter to Wolfeboro Public Works Director Dave Ford on Friday stating, "The Department has reviewed the current status of the treatment works, wastewater storage lagoon, and operations at the rapid infiltration disposal basins and finds the Town has completed and satisfied the requirements in Section 'B' of the Consent Decree. Therefore the restriction prohibiting new user hook-ups and additional wastewater flows to the Wolfeboro municipal sewer system is removed."
According to Town Planner Rob Houseman, there is a backlog of projects that have been waiting for the sewer moratorium to be lifted, including several new residences requiring sewer access, a doctor's office, a proposed subdivision of up to seven lots, a food service activity that would be part of a larger commercial use, and the 68-unit workforce housing project proposed by the Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition off of Route 109A. "There are other proposals that we have heard rumors of but have not met with the engineers on," Houseman said.
Owen is optimistic that the lifting of the four-year-old moratorium would provide a major stimulus to construction activity in the areas covered by the sewer system.