Can Erin Learn From The Mistakes of Nobleton?

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Much like the our town of Erin is going through currently, the town of Nobleton, Ontario, has recently undergone construction of a centralized sewage treatment plant. The plan to build and connect Nobleton home to the system has been a long and costly process to this point, and has caused a number of problems for the town and its residents.
There are a number of similarities between the situation and Nobelton and the one we are facing in Erin, and it provides a good opportunity for our town to see the possible implications of implementing this new plan. Construction of the initial phase of the Nobleton plan was completed in 2011 and following completion residents were scheduled to hook into the system at by predetermined dates, decided by a variety of criteria (lot size, distance etc).
Unfortunately for the residents of Nobleton, not only does construction of the centralized treatment centre add to the towns debt load, but hooking houses into the system has also added significant costs for homeowners. According to the King City website (Broader Municipality that Nobleton is classified under) the average cost for property owners to install and connect to the system is $18,790. Since there was little outcry and dialogue from Nobleton residents there is little they can do to avoid having to pay these costs. Starting in 2011 with construction of the treatment centre complete, designated residents must begin to comply to hook-up notices from the town by specific dates. Residents are obligated legally to pay these expenses because of Bypass 2010-38, that was passed by town council.
More information on the costs of the king city phase 1 hook up can be found at http://www.king.ca/government/departments/Engineering/Sanitary%20Sewer%20Projects/NobletonSewerProject/Documents/Nobleton%20newsletter%20fall%202011%20web.pdf
These are the kind of costs that Residents of Erin would likely see if a centralized system is built in our town. Unfortunately for Nobleton residents that was not the only problem with their plan. Initially construction and hook-up was to take part in 2 phases. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by 2014, with phase 2 planned to begin after. Unfortunately major development projects like these do not always go according to plan. In March of this year, Nobleton Mayor Steve Pellegrini stated that phase 2 of the plan will not be going forward as of now, because of increased costs. According to the Mayor plans have not been going as smoothly as anticipated, and the cost for residents to be hooked into the system during phase 2 has grown to an obscene $50,000. The major and council cannot justify putting the burden of these costs to so many residents.
More information on the Mayor’s comments see: http://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/2509947-nobleton-sewer-project-on-hold-for-now-mayor/
So this leaves Nobelton in limbo. They have invested significant funds into construction of this system, but it has not been completed to date, and does not appear to be financially viable any time in the near future.
Is a centralized sewage system really worth thousands and thousands in new expenses? Is it worth adding all this debt to the towns books with no guarantee?
As stated, the Mayor of King  had to put on hold Phase 2 residents (the hook up was split up into 2 phases) as the cost to each resident would have been more than $50,000 as stated above.  It seems that quoted costs are never lower than anticipated but end up higher. In this case significantly higher.  Is this a risk Erin/Hillsburgh residents are willing to take?
Don’t be like the people of Nobelton and wait until it’s to late to make a stand.

3 thoughts on “Can Erin Learn From The Mistakes of Nobleton?

    Jeff said:
    May 29, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Isn’t it time to get the MP in here to stand up for the Erin residents – and notify the media to put pressure on the Town to wake up and stop financially ruining or residents ! The issues far outweigh the benefits. Why is it – Taxes in Windsor have not gone up – taxes in Mississauga have not gone up – the developers can absorb the cost – or build elsewhere ! The Town of Erin obvious can’t balance a budget. It is clear there are other ways that don’t impact the residents – where is the loyalty ??

    doreen said:
    May 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    What about all those transports that Erin allow to go through town they must be doing something to the foundation of the houses and building. I live in Erin and my hole house shakes when those transport go through.

      Patty said:
      September 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      As a long time resident of Nobleton, I would like to respond to this article.

      The residents of Nobleton did go to council with concerns over the cost of the project and were told at the time they had an option to hook up or not.
      The cost started at around $8000.00 and grew to $12,000.00 and the final cost was $20,000.00 (with the option of hooking up gone), with the amount added to your taxes forever, plus an interest rate if you couldn’t pay.
      To the residents it was seen as a money grab by the Township. Lots of people sold because they couldn’t or wouldn’t pay for the hook up.

      The amount of the hookup is just a base price.

      If they go directly through your house from the front to the back, you also have the repairs of the interior of your house (assuming the basement is finished) plus the mess of your front yard if it is landscaped.
      I am still waiting for my in ground sprinkler system and driveway to be repaired and I hooked up 4 years ago
      .
      Now they can go around your house to the back (for an extra cost.)
      Please don’t , for one moment, think that the amount the Township quotes you, is the bottom line. I can assure you its not even close.

      The people of Nobleton spoke up on the issue, and “trusted” the Township to do the right thing.
      Didn”t happen.

      A new Mayor and Council were elected four years ago, as a result of what happened in both King City and Nobleton, with the hope of some sort of change, or financial support for some of the residents and businesses .
      Didn”t happen.

      The only ones who benefited from all of this were the developers who quickly moved in.

      Make sure you have all your ducks in a row, and learn from this.

      It will change Erin completely and forever.

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