Letter: Sewer project smells

To the Editor:

On Nov. 6, someone is trying to sell you a bridge near my office in NYC. That day, there will be a referendum question on the ballot asking you to approve a $48-million upgrade to the sewer plant. This is a bad idea for many reasons.

A small percentage of the town is connected to the sewer system and does not have a private septic. When they flush their toilets, the sewer plant processes their waste. If you have a septic system, you process your own waste in your own back yard, and bear all the costs.  

The sewer plant may need an upgrade. If it does, the costs are the responsibility of the people on the sewer system, not the people with septic systems. Our town leaders have decided septic users should pay $8 million of the $48 million because they say the sewer system is like the school system, or they say sewers are the backbone of our wonderful downtown. Both of those reasons are nonsense.  

Everyone can send their kids to our great schools, but not everyone can be connected to the sewer system. We do have a great downtown, but septic owners do not benefit from that. The landlords and shop owners, like CVS and Stop and Shop, benefit the most. We do not need to subsidize Stop and Shop.  

If the sewer system needs an upgrade, the sewer users should fund the cost. When your septic system fails, is the WPCA going to fund a new septic? Of course not. They will say it is not their problem; it is your problem. It is not the responsibility of septic users to pay for this sewer upgrade.  

Vote no on Nov. 6.

Ed Tyrell

Pond Road, Oct. 1