Council approves cross-border water and sewer connection policy

NORTH HURON—North Huron council approved a cross-border water and sewer connection policy at the June 3 regular council meeting, and the bylaw passed unchallenged at the June 17 meeting.

A report prepared by CAO Dwayne Evans said, “A Cross Border Water and Sanitary Sewer Services Agreement for individual property owners was developed by the township’s Solicitor and approved by Council.

“At the February 5, 2024 regular meeting, Council approved the signing of its first Cross Border Water and Sanitary Sewer Services Agreement with a Morris-Turnberry property owner. The agreement was executed with no issues or concerns. At this same meeting, staff advised it would be prudent for council to develop and adopt a Cross Border Water and Sanitary Sewer Servicing Connection Policy.”

The new policy determines the requirements and sets out the criteria for individual non-North Huron property owners who wish to connect to North Huron’s system and establishes the requirements for existing non-North Huron landowners to remain connected.

“Cross Border Water and Sanitary Sewer connection fees have been included and established in the 2024 Fees and Charges Bylaw,” Evan’s report said. “In addition, property owners in adjacent municipalities will be required to provide a $5,000 security deposit in advance of a connection. The deposit will be returned once the work is complete. Property owners who connect to North Huron’s System will have their own water and sanitary sewer account and water meter and they will be invoiced by the township monthly.”

Evan said in his report that approximately 25 property owners from adjacent municipalities are currently connected to North Huron’s system, and “these property owners will be approached and invited to execute a Cross-Border Water and Sanitary Services Agreement with the municipality.”

The Cross-Border Water and Sanitary Services Agreement can be viewed at northhuron.ca.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times