Colbert won’t be getting into the sewer business anytime soon.
The city reached some closure on the issue Monday night when engineer Chris Quigley told city leaders that a stand-alone system would prove too costly.
“We’ve decided to hold off on it at the present time,” Colbert mayor John Waggoner said.
Colbert had pondered installing a sewerage system along the Hwy. 72 corridor that bisects the town.
The city even commissioned Quigley to perform a preliminary study to determine if the city could accommodate sewerage.
The city also polled its water customers to get a gauge of citizen interest. Over 50 responded favorably in regards to sewer service if the price was right.
But in August, Quigley quoted the council a figure of $6 million.
Then last Monday, Waggoner said the engineer told Colbert leaders that there’s not a big enough customer base to support it.
“The rates would be so high that it just wouldn’t be practical for people to do it,” Waggoner said.
Waggoner said Quigley suggested a joint system with the county as a possible option in the future, but the mayor doesn’t foresee any opportunity on the horizon.
“I really don’t see anything in the near years to get together on anything like that,” Waggoner said.
In other business conducted last Monday, the council opted to install a stop sign in place of a yield sign at the intersection at Eighth Avenue and Fourth Street South and also agreed to buy new Christmas décor for Hwy. 72.