Councilman Ladouceur, Ward 5, now says it's time for the entire city to pay for the roads in his Ward that have to be installed to accommodate new sewers. This has never been done before....homeowners who have already connected to the sewers paid for the road repaving. Will the residents who live in other Wards that have had sewers installed recently, get a refund for their sewer assessments?
That would be an equitable exchange.
Councilman Ladouceur was told the very first day that the preliminary cost for sewer construction in his ward would cost a minimum of $25k per homeowner. His retort was: people in Ward 5 want sewers no matter the cost. At city council and Sewer Review Commission meetings, he said only a handful in Ward 5 don't want sewers. He was cautioned that people couldn't afford the $25k assessment but he discounted that, stating they were cheaper than septic systems.
Those who attended Sewer Review Commission meetings, of which Councilman Ladouceur was the Chair, took note of his agenda which was only sewers for his residents, and anyone who offered an alternative was silenced. His line of questioning of the experts who attended the sewer meetings were all slanted towards his Ward getting sewers....let the cost be damned. It's ludicrous that now councilman Ladouceur is crying political fowl.
Councilman Ladouceur is now telling people that he advocated a 30 year loan payoff of the sewer assessment note instead of 20 yrs. He only found out a few weeks ago that the Clean Water Agency that grants the financing has only allowed 20yrs. Keep in mind, Councilman Ladouceur was busy the last few years establishing committees for snow removal and setting up Charter Review Commissions to gain control over the School Committee, and lost sight of what the WSA was doing.
The Sewer Review Commission ended its work two years ago. Councilman Ladouceur dropped the ball on the 30 year amortization. The cost of roads only now is brought up because people in Ward 5 are finally getting educated on their projected sewer assessment cost.
When the $33 million bond authorization for sewer construction was voted on by the City Council, Ladouceur knew and agreed that the road repaving for new sewers would be paid for by the proceeds of the bond. So why should the stipulations of the bond issue be changed? There could only be one reason....it's called protecting one's re-election.
Mayor Avedisian and WSA management should be other reasons residents should be cautious connecting to the WSA grid. The Mayor said at one Sewer Review Commission meeting: "the city only sends the misfits from the city to work at the WSA". The Mayor's statement was shocking and appalling. Don't blame the hard working WSA employees for the lack of accountability by city leadership when it comes to the WSA Director's total mismanagement of the Warwick Sewer Authority.
Just this past month, it was announced by WSA Director Burke that the new levee at the WSA treatment plant cost the ratepayers an extra $300K. Again, this was because Burke and the WSA Board of Directors didn't perform adequate subsurface ground tests prior to construction.
The WSA Enabling Legislation that was passed by the General Assembly in 2016 was to be voted on by the WSA Board of Directors by this past June after holding public hearings. When Burke was asked why she didn't make the deadline at last month's city council meeting, Burke said the WSA was too busy.
Councilman Ladouceur, where is the new WSA you talked about? We're all still waiting...