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Rules Tightened On Sewer Lateral Fund In Rock Hill

New regulations to ensure fund used for emergency repairs

February 24, 2017
The Rock Hill Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted to tighten up regulations on its Sewer Lateral Fund.

There's no money left in the fund since some residents have been using it for non-emergency purposes.

"We're finding that with many house sales, people are asking that the sewer lateral be cabled for a sale," City Administrator Jennifer Yackley said. "And while we may see a break, it's so small it does not affect the use of the pipe, and we were still covering it because our policy wasn't very clear about what we were covering.

"This program is for emergencies," she said.

During the last fiscal year, the city did 44 repairs, 36 percent of which were emergencies and 64 percent were non-emergencies, she said.

"This cost the city $78,000," she said. "Now we have about 10 people on a wait list because the fund is out of money."

Money for the Sewer Lateral Program comes from property taxes which are paid in December and January. The city does not yet know how much money will come into the fund.

Repairs average $1,500 to $2,000.

The resolution now defines a defective line as one that is:

• Collapsed or broken to not allow adequate flow.

• Service offset of a joint not permitting adequate flow.

•Service back fall or belly not permitting adequate flow.

• Service blockage that cannot be physically cleaned out.

Tree roots have never been included in the policy.

Another change requires residents believing their line is broken to have the line cabled and bring the receipt to the city along with a non-refundable $250 deposit.

The city will then cable and videotape the line, review the tape and decide if the line falls under the regulations.

Formerly, the homeowner, believing their line was broken, had to bring in the $250 deposit, and the city would video the line.

"They have to show us that they have, in fact, tried to see what is wrong," Yackley said. "That is normal maintenance, and sometimes, through their cabling, that will fix the problem."

Rock Hill Park To Close In March

Rock Hill Park will close in March so Public Works Director Ron Meyer can do salvage work in preparation for the new city hall facilities to be built on the site at 827 N. Rock Hill Road.

"He will be removing fencing, tennis court nets, and retaining wall blocks and playground equipment," Yackley said. "Some trees will also be milled.

"This will also prepare the lot for contractors to bid," she said.

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