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BMA OKs 2 Colonial Heights annexation; 'eventual' sewer rate increase for all customers

August 8th, 2012 4:08 am by Matthew Lane

KINGSPORT — In the interest of fairness, the Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen chose to go with an eventual sewer rate increase for all customers rather than extend the time frame of when sewer lines would be installed in one section of Colonial Heights.

During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the BMA approved two annexations — dubbed Colonial Heights Area 7, Parts A and B. The areas consist of more than 220 acres in the western quadrant of the Fort Henry Drive/Interstate 81 intersection and include approximately 375 residents along with Colonial Heights Middle School.

Three more nearby areas are slated for annexation later this year, with the cost to sewer all five areas estimated to be $6.23 million.

With all of the other, previous annexations in the pipeline — from Rock Springs to Kendrick Creek Road — Kingsport cannot afford this amount of sewer line work within the historical five-year time frame. Given that, city planners last month recommended the time frame be extended to eight years.

Read expanded version of this report in today print edition of the Times-News or its enhanced electronic edition.

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