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Langley moves closer to sewer extension

"The policy is written and the volunteers are ready to go home. But before Langley gets any more sanitary sewers, it is going to need a few more ordinances and resolutions and a whole lot of money.On Wednesday, the Langley City Council brought a new sewer extension policy to a first reading. Once the policy is passed at either the council's Dec. 20 or Jan. 3 meeting, only two major steps will remain in the city's year-long push to extend the existing sewer system -- finding grant money and finding a contractor.Council member Neil Colburn, who is a member of city's sewer extension committee, said Wednesday that since the sewer extension policy is finished, it is time to start looking for funding. That funding should be firmed up sometime next year and construction should start in 2002, he said. As of this week, Colburn said his committee has done its job.I think it's time to officially disband the sewer extension committee, Colburn said.Colburn said the 3-inch-thick stack of paper that is the policy is actually a re-determination of the city's will to provide sewer service to every home and business within the city limits. City staff originally planned to begin extending sewers in 1992, when the expansion of Langley's sewage treatment plant was finished.Mayor Lloyd Furman disagreed with Colburn's desire to disband the sewer extension committee. He said that city staff will need input from the community as it plans sewer extensions. In March, the council began discussing installing about 5,200 feet of new sewer lines. At the time, city staff estimated that hook up costs for city residents would be between $9,000 and $11,000. "

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