Sewer Service Agreement - Download .pdf
Connection Fee Waiver Periods:
Island: The connection fee waiver period ends April 16, 2013.
Mainland: The connection fee waiver period ends December 12, 2013.
Any property owner who requests sewer service after April 16, 2013, for Island properties and after December 12, 2013, for Mainland properties will pay the same connection fees as all other property owners who request sewer service. The current connection fees are a $3,000 Sewer Capital Recovery Fee and a $1,000 Sewer Transmission Fee. For property owners who request sewer service where service is provided by a low pressure sewer system, a $4,000 grinder pump installation fee will be charged if a grinder pump station was not installed as part of the Sunset Beach Collection System Special Assessment District. For property owners who signed a Sewer Service Agreement and had a grinder pump station installed on their property but do not connect during the one-year waiver period, the County will charge the Capital Recovery Fee, Transmission Fee, and a pump station start-up fee at such time that connection is made to the system.
Sunset Beach Property Owners in the Sunset Beach Wastewater Collection System Project Area: If you desire sewer service, the first step in the process is to sign a Sewer Service Agreement indicating that you would like sewer service from Brunswick County. The Sewer Service Agreement is to be completed by the property owner -- please be sure to date and sign the Sewer Service Agreement; the Sewer Service Agreement does NOT need to be witnessed or notarized. The completed Sewer Service Agreement may be submitted to the Town of Sunset Beach as part of the permit application process; mailed to the Brunswick County Public Utilities Customer Service Office, P. O. Box 469, Bolivia, NC 28422; or hand delivered to the Brunswick County Public Utilities Customer Service Office in Building I at the County Complex in Bolivia.
If you desire to connect to the sewer system, you must contact a plumber and/or electrician and obtain permits from the Town of Sunset Beach after submitting a signed Sewer Service Agreement form. Permits may be obtained from the Building Department at the Sunset Beach Town Hall.
On November 6, 2006, the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved an Agreement between the Town of Sunset Beach and Brunswick County for the construction of a wastewater collection system that would serve the areas within the Town without sewer service available.
Under the terms of the Agreement, the County agreed to design, apply for permits, and construct a sewer collection system that can provide sewer service to those lots within the corporate limits of the Town of Sunset Beach. The County also agreed to apply for permits and construct any and all transmission mains needed to transport wastewater from the sewer collection system described above from the Town to either a County-owned pump station or County-owned wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater generated within the sewer collection system will be treated at a County-owned facility. All facilities constructed under this Agreement will be owned, operated, and maintained by the County.
In the Agreement, the Town and County agreed that the property owners who receive benefit from the project would be assessed their proportionate share of the cost of the project.
Property owners with an existing structure that connects to the new wastewater collection system within one year of sewer service being made available will not be required to pay normal County Capital Recovery Fees and Sewer Transmission Fees. Property owners who connect after that one year period will be required to pay normal County connection fees. Also, all properties who connect to the new system will pay the same sewer rates as all other County residential customers.
Sunset Beach Connection Assistance Program
• Sunset Beach Connection Assistance Program Guidelines
• Sunset Beach Connection Assistance Program Application
• Sunset Beach Connection Assistance Program Announcement
Plumber and Electrician Lists
• Sunset Beach Wastewater Collection System Plumber List
• Sunset Beach Wastewater Collection System Electrician List
Project Boundary Map
• Sunset Beach Wastewater Collection System Map
Connection to the Sewer System - Low Pressure (Grinder Pump Station) • Steps to Complete Connection to the Sewer System - Low Pressure (Grinder Pump Station)
Connections and Brochures
• Connection to a Vacuum Valve Pit - .pdf
• Connection to a Low Pressure Sewer Main - .pdf
• Connection to a Gravity Sewer Main - .pdf
• Grinder Pump Station Homeowner Information - .pdf file
Frequently Asked Questions
1. WHEN WILL SEWER SERVICE BE AVAILABLE?
A. Mainland Gravity: Property owners on the MAINLAND served by a gravity sewer main have sewer service available to their property today. All property owners who have not connected to the sewer system have received a letter from the County dated December 12, 2012, letting them know that sewer service is available to them. **If you received a blank sheet of paper/letterhead, please contact our office and we will mail a letter to you; you may E-mail email@example.com or call 910-253-2431 OR 910-253-2657.
B. Mainland Low Pressure: Property owners on the MAINLAND served by a low pressure sewer main must have a grinder pump station installed for sewer service. The County's contractor is in the process of installing grinder pump stations at properties where a Sewer Service Agreement has been executed. As the contractor completes the installation of the grinder pump, the contractor or County will contact the property owner to let them know that sewer service is available at their property. All property owners who have not connected to the sewer system have received a letter from the County dated December 12, 2012, letting them know that sewer service is available to them. **If you received a blank sheet of paper/letterhead, please contact our office and we will mail a letter to you; you may E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-253-2431 OR 910-253-2657.
C. Island Vacuum System: Property owners on the ISLAND have sewer available to them April 16, 2012. All property owners have received a letter from the County dated April 16, 2012, letting them know that sewer service is available to them.
2. HOW WAS THE ASSESSMENT AMOUNT FOR MY LOT BE DETERMINED?
The Board of Commissioners selected the "per parcel" method of assessment. The amount of the assessment is the actual project cost divided by the total number of parcels that benefitted from the project.
3. WHAT TYPE OF SEWER SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED TO MY LOT?
Depending on the area, sewer service will be provided by a vacuum type collection system, low pressure sewer system, or a gravity collection system. Sewer service on the island portion of the project will be provided using a vacuum type collection system. For this type of system, property owners will connect to a sewer service connected to a vacuum valve vault. For properties served by a low pressure sewer system, a service line that terminates in a valve box located at the property line will be installed. If the property owner desires to connect to the sewer system, a grinder pump station will be constructed on their property and the property owner would connect to the grinder pump station. For properties served by a gravity sewer main, the property owner will connect to a sewer service located at the street right-of-way or easement line.
4. WILL PROPERTY OWNERS BE REQUIRED TO CONNECT TO THE SEWER SYSTEM WHEN SERVICE IS AVAILABLE?
Brunswick County will not require existing homeowners to connect to the sewer system when service is available. During the first year of sewer service availability, Brunswick County will waive the Capital Recovery Fee for all existing homeowners who connect to the system. After that one-year period, property owners connecting to the system will be charged the Capital Recovery Fee (currently $4,000) in effect at the time of connection. For those properties served by a low pressure sewer system, an additional grinder pump installation fee (currently $4,000) would be charged.
5. WHAT RESPONSIBILITIES WILL THE HOMEOWNER HAVE IF THEY WANT TO CONNECT TO THE SEWER SYSTEM?
Brunswick County will be responsible for constructing all of the sewer mains, force mains, and pump stations that will provide sewer service to the property. The homeowner will be responsible for contracting with a licensed plumber to disconnect the existing main that goes from the house to the septic system and connect that main to the sewer service installed by the County. The homeowner will also be responsible for abandoning the septic system in conformance with the Town’s code. For homes that will be served by a low pressure sewer system, the homeowner will also be responsible for connecting the grinder pump station to the house electrical system.
6. HOW LONG WILL A PROPERTY OWNER HAVE TO PAY THE ASSESSMENT?
ASSESSMENT PAYMENT OPTIONS
Amortization Schedule (Annual Payments) AMENDED Resolution March 18, 2013
Final Assessment Resolution February 18, 2013 (also see Amended Resolution above)