It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Woodland Creek Estates Sanitary Sewer Project is complete. This has been a very successful since most projects of this kind require adoption of a Utility Special Improvement District (ULID) in which all the costs are passed on to the property owner to pay for over a 20-year period. In this case Thurston County received grants and a loan to pay for the sewer mains and installation of the STEP systems at each of the 128 homes in both the Woodland Creek Estates and the Covington Place neighborhoods. The County has committed to paying for the $1.23 million dollar loan at no cost to the residents.
The project realized significant savings, thanks in part to a very competitive bidding climate, three good contractors, in-house engineering and design, the cooperation with the City of Lacey Public Works and County Environmental Health. These savings resulted in the project being completed with some grant funds remaining.
The Board of County Commissioners has elected to use unspent grant funds to pay the Sewer Connection Fees for all residents. This means residents are no longer required to pay the connection fees per agreement. This does not affect monthly sewer service charges. All residents will still be required to pay for monthly sewer service to the City of Lacey.
If you have questions about your sewer service, monthly sewer charges or need assistance with your new STEP system, please contact the City of Lacey at 360-491-5616.