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Wayne residents will vote on water district

WAYNE—The Wayne town board held a special public hearing about the proposed water district along part of Waneta Lake Tuesday, Aug. 25 that drew many repeat questions.
Supervisor Dawn Dowdle said that for almost two hours people had questions about the cost and voting, all things that were discussed at a July 4 public meeting.  She added that the people who attended this meeting were likely not at the previous meeting.  One area where Dowdle had new information was absentee voting.
She said voting by absentee ballot would be allowed and detailed information would be sent to the residents within the proposed district well before the Nov. 3 vote on the project.  Dowdle explained that only those residents will be able to vote.  The proposed water district is Sylvan Beach and a number of properties along the west side of Waneta Lake going until the county line.  Dowdle said only those properties in the district will pay for it.
Information provided at the July 4 meeting said that the water district would have an estimated project cost of $4,191,500. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan would currently be for $3,204,000, with an interest rate of 2.75 percent.  The cost per buildable parcel per year would be $746 for 38 years (the length of the USDA RD loan), plus operation and maintenance. The total cost includes a $972,500 USDA RD grant and a $15,000 applicant contribution.  For property owners in the district there would also include a one-time hookup cost of $925.
Another public hearing was also scheduled Aug. 25 to discuss a moratorium on RVs in Wayne.  However, Dowdle said that was rescheduled until the regular Sept. 8 meeting at 7 p.m.  She explained that the notice did not appear in time for the hearing.  However, she said that clarifications were still made to the people present.
Dowdle said people were concerned they would have to move existing RVs under the moratorium.  She explained residents will still be able to store RVs.  However, the moratorium is to prevent new RVs from hooking up to the water system.  Dowdle added that there will also be a 14 day permit so people can still visit in RVs during the moratorium.
Dowdle said for the rescheduled meeting the moratorium would be reworded to “spell it out better for next time.”

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