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PEPPERELL — Several residents from the Simonne Road and Paiute Place neighborhoods appeared at the Board of Public Works to learn more about the 2010 sewer extension project, and in particular about the costs and technical details of their pending hook-ups.

Approximately 13 to 14 homes in that area will be required to have grinder pumps to connect to the new sewer line.

As part of a deal with residents who could not make gravity connections to the new system, pumps are being offered without charge — a savings of anywhere from $2,700 to $3,500 per residence depending upon the final purchase price obtained by the Sewer Division.

DPW Director Kenneth Kalinowski told the board that the project “has progressed very well” and that he expects the final components of the system, namely the Brookline Street pump station, to be completed by the end of January. Kalinowski also reminded the board of their decision to have the Sewer Division absorb some of the cost of the project that otherwise would have come out of the betterment fee.

Paul Querze of 7 Simonne Lane came prepared with a list of questions ranging from the cost of connections and maintenance fees to the size and installation locations of the residential pump and grinder unit.

According to Director Kalinowski, that decision by the board last year has helped to keep the cost of the betterment fee to $12,000-$15,000 per three-bedroom home. In addition to the betterment fee, the homeowners will also incur costs associated with the connection to the sewer lateral from their home as well as a $500 connection fee.

Gregory Gougian of 15 Cross St. received a mixed response from board members who heard from his plumber Paul Kieran, who explained that the water-deduct meter he had installed at the Gougian home had not been inspected at the time of installation. In fact, eight months had passed between the time of installation and when an inspection was performed by the Water Division. During that time 6,900 units of water had passed through the meter.

Kiernan explained to the board, “when I went and picked that meter up, I told her that it would be ready that afternoon, or you could send them over the next day.”

“That’s an appointment,” said Kieran.

Kalinowski was quick to defend his Water Division secretary Trish DeLorey.

“Trish has been here awhile and handles these things very, very timely. She’s adamant that that was not the case in this case. There’s no record of that in the file,” said Kalinowski.

According to DPW regulations, those 6,900 units could not be deducted as they accrued prior to the inspection. Kalinowski reminded Mr. Kiernan of the regulations, which state: “The Pepperell Water Division shall inspect every deduct meter installation. Installation must be approved by the Pepperell Water Division before readings will be taken. Please remember to have your Deduct Meter inspected immediately after installation.”

“I don’t see why he should be denied,” said Chairman Louis Shattuck.

“I’d be uncomfortable taking an action on this,” said Commissioner Greg Rice, who was looking for more documentation before making any decision.

“I think we should look into though,” said Shattuck.

The board was more sympathetic to former BPW member George Clark, who appeared before the board several weeks ago to contest the $8,709.68 bill he had received for sewer inspection during the construction of a new sewer line on his Clark’s Retirement Park property.

Following a review of the bill, Sewer Division Chief Operator Carmen DeFillippo recommended to the board that Clark’s bill be reduced by $2,589.94. The board unanimously agreed.

The board received a recommendation from Director Kalinowski not to remove 15 Prescott St. from the betterment process.

“We could find no legal basis to exclude him from the betterment process as his property does in fact abut a bettered way,” explained Kalinowski.

The property owner had approached the board at an earlier meeting explaining that installing a 900-foot connection from his home to the street would be cost prohibitive and would require digging up a significant portion of his paved drive. He also cited a new septic system on his property.

“The state won’t allow it,” said Kalinowski.

“No matter how sympathetic we might be, there’s no way to do it,” said Commissioner Rice.

Kalinowski provided a brief update to the board on the progress of the Nashua Road Well site. Although the wetlands replication area was completed, it remains to be seen whether the area will germinate. Kalinowski explained that the contractor may have to reseed in the spring.

“We made it very clear to the contractor on numerous occasions that their substantial completion date is end of March,” said Kalinowski.

“We’ve not been impressed with their stick-to-it-ness to get the job done,” he said.

Kalinowski went on to say, “At this point we’re not inclined to grant them an extension of time and damages would accrue after the completion date by contract.”

The DPW received a $5,000 grant for the purchase of a safety trailer. The department will require an outlay of just $600 for the balance.

Kalinowski advised the board that the Water and Sewer superintendent position has been posted. In addition to the posting, he has notified the top six candidates from the summer’s recruitment. That recruitment had been deferred pending the hiring of the DPW director.