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Potential Sewer Project for the Paper Chase Trail and Hurdle Fence Neighborhood

December 14, 2017

We have received inquiries concerning the construction activities at 30 Paper Chase Trail and offer the following information: 

Background: after much effort, time and expense, the Avon Water Pollution Control Authority elected to cancel the construction of sanitary sewers for the Paper Chase Trail / Hurdle Fence Drive neighborhood in the spring of 2017.  The project would require construction of a portion of the sewer through an easement within the property at 30 Paper Chase Trail to serve the remainder of the neighborhood.  The owner of that property was in favor of the project and entered into an agreement with the AWPCA to allow the construction to occur within their property.  Additionally, an Inland Wetlands and Watercourses permit was granted by the Inland Wetlands Commission which has a five-year deadline.  The AWPCA decided that, since the current owner is in favor of the construction, and the wetlands permit was issued and has a time limit, it would be in the best interest for the future residents of the neighborhood to construct that portion of the sewer at this time. 

The current project began at an existing manhole in the woods and  extends through 30 Paper Chase Trail terminating at the street in front of that property.  As of this writing, the pipe laying is completed and restoration efforts are underway, with the bulk of the restoration to occur in the springtime. By constructing the sewer through 30 Paper Chase Trail, the AWPCA has provided a future outlet for the neighborhood – a significant benefit to property owners there.  Residents of the neighborhood should know that, if the owner of this property had denied the construction of the sewer, the most economical second option for construction would involve a route requiring a much more significant wetlands disturbance, and much greater construction costs, resulting in a higher benefit assessment.   

According to more than one resident, incorrect information continues to be spread around the neighborhood concerning paving the streets there.  The sewer project in no way impacts the paving schedule for the streets.  In fact, the AWPCA and the Engineering Department have no responsibility for, nor say in, the paving of the streets there.  This is within the domain of the Public Works Department.  Residents who came to any of the several informational meetings regarding the original sewer projects may recall that this was indicated at those meetings.  Further, one of the key benefits of doing the sewers in advance of the paving was that the sewer project (and by extension, the benefitting property owners) would not have to bear the cost of repaving of the roads since they are high within the pavement management list for repaving.  Funds for paving at this time will come from the pavement management budget.  If sewers are extended there before the expected life of the pavement is achieved, it is very likely that at least some portion of repaving costs will be borne within the sewer benefit assessment. 

As always, if you have questions concerning sewer, paving or other Town-based initiatives we recommend that you contact the Town directly.

March 9, 2017

Please click here to view the presentation from the AWPCA's public hearing and informational session from the Thursday, March 9 meeting.

February 16,  2017 Update

A public hearing and informational session is scheduled for Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm.

June 2, 2016 Update

A public hearing and informational session is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 7 pm.

April 8, 2016 Update

The Engineering Department has postponed the April 14, 2016 informational meeting.

March 16, 2016 Update

The Engineering Department has completed the design of the sanitary sewers for the Paperchase Trail and Hurdle Fence Drive neighborhood.  In order to have an accurate cost estimate for the project, we have gone out to bid for the project.  The bids are currently due to be submitted at the end of March.  This should give the Engineering Department enough time to evaluate the bids, determine if there are discrepancies, and proivde meaningful information to the neighborhood residents by the April 14th Avon Water Pollution Control Authority (AWPCA)meeting, which will be held at 7:00 pm.

November 10, 2015 update:  

The Town has revised the gravity sewer design making it shallower at its deepest points with a goal of reducing costs.  We have also met with a low-pressure sewer vendor and have gotten a preliminary design and budget estimate for the installation of low-pressure sewers in the neighborhood.  Given the time of year, we have decided to solicit bids for the work, so that we can acquire true costs for the project.  Once these are in hand, we will inform the residents and conduct another public information session.


At the Avon Water Pollution Control Authority meeting held on July 23, 2015, a presentation was made describing preliminary Engineering for the extension of public sanitary sewers to the Paperchase Trail / Hurdle Fence Drive neighborhood.  Please click below to view/download the presentation and design map.

The Town is entering a preliminary design phase for the potential of connecting the Paperchase and Hurdle Fence neighborhood to the Town’s sanitary sewer line. Please click on the following link to read a letter that was sent to affected residents regarding the potential project.