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In Advance of June Wickford/Post Road Sewer Vote, Town Posts Fact Sheet

Voters will be asked to approve more than $10 million in bonds to extend sewers to Wickford and parts of Post Road north.

On June 17, North Kingstown voters will be asked to approve two sewer referendums to bring expanded sewers to commercial areas in Wickford and on Post Road North.

In advance of the vote, the town has posted a fact sheet to answer some basic questions voters might have when they walk into the voting booth.

Here are some key points worth knowing:

  • On February 3, 2014, the Town Council unanimously approved two actions seeking authorization from the legislature to issue bonds and notes to finance the construction of sewers for the commercial area of Wickford and along Post Road North.
  • Both approvals included authorization to impose sewer assessments and user fees on the properties connected in Wickford and Post Road North. 
  • The amounts to be financed are $4,900,000 for Wickford and $6,600,000 for Post Road North. 
  • Sewers are proposed for the commercial area of Wickford mainly comprising Brown Street and some commercial properties on Main and West Main Streets and some commercial properties on Phillips Street including Wickford Elementary. The Post Road North area includes properties north of the Quonset Gateway development to School Street.
  • These sewer projects will upgrade infrastructure, preserve the environment, enhance economic vitality, generate business revenue, and are recommended by the North Kingstown community market analysis. 
  • The cost of sewer project construction will be fully paid over 20 years by owners of properties serviced by the sewer system through assessments. No other property owners, businesses or residents will be taxed for these costs. 
  • The sewer mains will be installed within public roadways, easement or on public property and will be connected to the existing treatment facility at Quonset.
  • Construction dates are not finalized but are anticipated for years 2016 and 2017 due to needs for final design, permitting, procurement and Town Council award.
You can get a preview of the ballot questions here.
NK Parent May 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM
I hope the Town Council does a good job of convincing a lot of skeptical voters because Wickford Village could really stand to get sewers.
Jeff Crawford May 14, 2014 at 01:47 PM
There are still several things I am confused about. The first being where did the $25,000 +/- number come from for each property required to tie into the sewer? This seems out of wack. The second item is that the above article seems to indicate that all businesses or commercial properties are not going to be required to connect to the sewer. How is the Town determining who has to connect? Finally, since the Town is apparently not requiring residential properties to connect to the sewer, what is the Town's enforcement plan for non-compliant property owners in and around the Wickford Harbor neighborhoods?
underwhelmed May 14, 2014 at 06:05 PM
Installing sewers along Post Rd. would appear to be a good step in the right direction. This would send a clear message to businesses that NK is serious about upgrading and improving the Post Rd. corridor. We all know that in its current state certain areas of Post Rd. are an eyesore. It's time to get serious about this commercial area.
Politics Sheriff of NK May 14, 2014 at 09:49 PM
If this goes forward, hopefully residential can be tied in later without having to backtrack and redo anything.

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