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Water and sewer lines could cost residents thousands of dollars

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MADISON (WKOW) -- People in a west side Madison subdivision will soon be getting a large bill.

When it was developed in the 1990s, the subdivision was outside the area covered by Madison's water and sewer services. Now, homeowners in the Westview Hills neighborhood, just northeast of Hawk's Landing, are being connected and they're estimating each homeowner will have to pay at least $35,000.

"It's just a really frustrating situation," said Westview Hills homeowner, Theo Poole. "It really upsets us quite a bit to have to face this." 

Poole isn't the only one in the Westview Hill Subdivision filing a complaint. 

"Yes, I've gotten a number of them within the last year ," said District 9 Alder, Paul Skidmore.  

Poole says he bought his home seven years ago, but just learned about the installation requirement 18 months ago. It was written into the deeds of all homes in the development but the language confused him.

It says, when available, "these utilities shall be installed and connections made at the owner's expense"

Reading this, Poole claims he thought he only had to pay for the connection.

Instead, he's expecting to pay around $35,000 for the installation and he says some may have to pay more.

"To my knowledge this is the only subdivision of this nature within the city of Madison and I know the city said they would never do this again," said Alder Skidmore. "The city is making concessions already"

Like not charging homeowners for sidewalks, curbs, gutters or repaving. The city is also letting them pay the bill over 15 years, instead of the usual eight. 

Poole says for many homeowners, it's not enough.

"Our biggest hope would be is that they would just put the project on hold for a short amount of time until we could see if there are alternatives," said Poole. "See if there's any funding available or if there are grants that could be used, something that would help alleviate those costs." 

The city's Board of Public Works will take up the issue at its meeting Wednesday, May 2. The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the City-County Building at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Neighbors are welcome to come and voice their concerns. 

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