March 31, 1998 in Idaho

Who Should Pay To Hook Up Mobile Home Parks To Sewer?

Doug Floyd Interactive Editor
 

Could Project Share be a model for helping low-income households hook up to sewer systems?

The idea comes from Bagpipes reader Stacy Baker, Spokane, who works for a marketing company that is completing an infrastructure review summary for the city of Spokane, Spokane County and the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce.

Project Share, administered by Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs, allows utility customers in the region to add something to their payments that helps cover heating expenses for the needy. Most utilities participate.

That program came to Baker’s mind when she read about a new state law that exempts mobile home parks with working septic systems from having to hook up to sewer service within a year of its becoming available.

Park owners complained about the prohibitive expense which they said they would have to pass on to their tenants. Aquifer-protection advocates, however, hope to have the exemption repealed next year.

“If we have an entire year to plan for this - and I’m a firm believer that we need to protect the aquifer - I’m wondering with an advance year’s notice if something couldn’t be instilled as a sort of a gifting program from those of us that can afford to pay,” said Baker.

“We’d have a year’s head start if they would allow us to overpay and … we’d have a year to build a fund to put toward those sewer efforts,” she said.

“Somebody’s going to have to pay for it,” said James A. Nelson, Spokane. “I think the guy that owns the park is liable for it and should be held up to it.”

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In the next couple of months a pool of 26 applicants will be narrowed to three finalists from whom City Manager Bill Pupo will pick Spokane’s next police chief, assuming he finds one acceptable. What qualities do Bagpipes readers want the next chief to possess?

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