The Sunny Slope sewer system is a mess! That is the opinion that one gets, when told by the powers to be related to the sewer district, that the system had been poorly planned, poorly designed, poorly installed and opinions vary on the quality of its maintenance.


The Sunny Slope sewer system is a mess! That is the opinion that one gets, when told by the powers to be related to the sewer district, that the system had been poorly planned, poorly designed, poorly installed and opinions vary on the quality of its maintenance.

How has this situation been allowed to happen? What was the level of ignorance and incompetence of the decision makers who selected alleged incompetent contractors for every phase of this sewer system? Who were these decision makers? I would assume that the buck stops with the Camden County Commission. One and maybe two of the commissioners have attended the recent Q and A sessions regarding the proposed rate increase.

However commissioner Tom Gumm, who was elected to represent the people in the Sunny Slope area, has been noticeably absent. But I do know that he frequented meetings, which were being held to promote this sewer project, in its planning stages and was occasionally seen driving through the area during its construction.

I can only assume that he has had something, which he considered of more importance to him, to attend. Apparently, if you are unable to deny any accountability because some and/or all of this project happened before you took office, you just don't show up.

We were told that every phase of this project was subjected to the scrutiny of an independent qualified inspector. I was only present at the construction in my immediate neighborhood, but I was aware of only one person who may have been serving in that capacity. This was an employee of the county wastewater division. Was this person considered a qualified sewer system construction inspector, or did I just miss the qualified inspector every time?

Allegedly the Sunny Slope sewer system is not only of poor design, but had some very poor materials and installation used. Therefore, then it also comes with a very high maintenance cost, thus higher and higher costs of operation.

The Camden County Commission is denying any liability and says that all of the contractors, who many have had some liability, are all out of business thus leaving only the related property owners to be responsible for any and all related costs for the operation of this “mess.”

The representative on the sewer board, who represents the Sunny Slope area, said that he favors this flat rate plan because we are not currently using the full capacity of the sewer system and will eliminate the need to read the meter/timer.

Huh??

Most of us find this flat rate structuring to be objectionable because it is un-equitable and will most likely discourage any water conversion. If I remember correctly, Parker Construction requested that the meter reading be left in the contract because he could better keep track of any potential problems.

The bottom lis is that the sewer board needs more money to pay the resulting expenses and the county is apparently prepared to force us to pay what they need.

Where do we go for equity and justice?

I shall continue to voice my dissatisfaction and frustrations and they shall accompany me to the voting polls.

Clifford Shirk,
Camdenton