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Thursday, March 12, 2009

So, tonight, I presented our petition to the Brownsburg Town Council to get approval for running town water and sewer lines to "our" lot.

This was critical to determining "site suitability" -- fitting a septic system on this lot is going to be difficult due to the easement along the back, and would probably put limitations on the size and/or shape of our potential house, not to mention the fact that most of the trees would have to be cleared to install a septic system. So getting connected to sewer utility would not only be simpler, but also save lots of trees and leave us with more freedom for determining a home design.

The petition basically consisted of three parts -- the first part of the petition is the main body that asks for access to utility lines, and says we agree to incur the cost of extending the lines and connection (by the way, the ballpark cost of extending the utility lines to our lot is roughly equivalent to the cost of getting a well and septic system). I won't bore you with the specifics, but it's basically just a standard legal form that we signed.

The second part is the only part where we got to write anything. This is the part that explains where the lot is "in legal terms" and describes how and where utilities can get in. Below is the image used on this page, or you can download the entire page here.

The third part basically says that we agree not to remonstrate (fight) against annexation if they choose to annex the property into the town limits. This neighborhood is under the umbrella of a potential plan to annex four neighborhoods on the north side of Brownsburg, that would include a unique pressurized small diameter main sewage system -- and that would inlude a significant fee per property owner being annexed. This has been in the works for three years, so who knows when/if it is going to occur. I was told that by signing this part of the petition, we would be obligated to pay this fee (should it eventually come) even if we had already run our own utility lines. We figure this is still worth the value of getting municipal utilities instead of well/septic.

Unfortunately, the Council was unsure that this third section truly "legally" obligated us to pay this fee -- and they want to make sure that we cannot fight that project if it progresses. So they unanimously granted "conditional" approval -- contingent on my signing an ammendment drafted by the town attorney that specifically speaks to the fees associated with the potential project.

So we mostly have good news, and once we get the final approval for the financing, we should be able to close on the deal!

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