The City Council has Identified a severe need to improve our wastewater facilities as well as increase our freshwater capacity. This need is a result of three variables, An increase in regulations, an aging infrastructure, and the need to serve undeveloped lots within the City.
Point source discharge of our wastewater into Anderson Slough is becoming less viable due to increased regulation. The city council has identified land application of wastewater as the best solution to upgrade our system for sustainability. Our freshwater system needs have also increased. The need is in storage as well as capacity to replenish the system in the case of fire emergency, failed pumps or other emergent demands that exist for all water systems. We have identified the increased use and accessibility to water storage that already exists within what is popularly known as the “Stonegate” subdivision, we have also identified the need for a new well to increase capacity.
The City of Harrison is currently under a Moratorium. This Moratorium shall be effective until the completion of the Wastewater System and Drinking Water System improvements funded through ARPA and SRF are certified as completed as determined by the City’s Engineer and DEQ, with a completion date on or before December 1, 2026.
The City of Harrison received a $1,108,000 dollar Drinking Water grant and a $9,691,435 Wastewater Grant.
The City Council passed a Local Improvement District (LID) on December 19, 2022.
15% of the Wastewater Grant will be evenly distributed to the burden of the LID overall taxable parcels within the City Limits. Accordingly, the estimated per-property cost and expense of the improvements, exclusive of cost relating to interim warrants reserve and/or guarantee funds, issuance, and financing is expected to be in the range of $3,100 to $3,600. The final assessment may vary based on overall project costs and the total number of included properties. Upon final confirmation of the assessment falls under Idaho Code Section 50-1715, the City anticipates it will permit unpaid assessments to be payable in installments.
Previous LIDs were for infrastructure needs at that time. Those improvements are still a part of our current and future system and continue to be a benefit. The city is still paying off the remaining debt of the last LID as are the property owners that have not paid off their obligations.