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River North agrees to fund only repairs to aging sewer system
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
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Members of the River North Homeowners Association met with Jones County Commissioners and water officials at the May 22 meeting.
Members of the River North Homeowners Association met with Jones County Commissioners and water officials at the May 22 meeting.
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The Jones County Board of Commissioners met with the homeowners association of River North for direction for an upcoming sewer improvement project last week, and they left with a clear direction.

The May 22 meeting was held at the back gate of the gated community to discuss whether expansion of the subdivision was a concern. The current plans for the project focused on repairing the aging system but has little room for future development.

A special tax district was created in River North in 1990 to pay for sewage improvements that cost approximately $800,000. Those improvements were necessary because the subdivision outgrew its sediment pond that was handling the sewage, and in order to run the sewage to the Macon Water Authority for treatment, the lines had to be rerouted and the flow reversed.

Residents of the River North subdivision paid an additional mill on their tax bills each year to satisfy the debt for the improvements that was paid for with a bond issue.

That debt was satisfied with 2010 tax collections. Representatives of the River North Communities Association then approached the commissioners with thoughts of continuing the tax to make proactive upgrades to their aging infrastructure.

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