Residents of the Beverly/Dowling/Dutton Triangle area of San Leandro are likely just the first residents to face replacement of sewer laterals that run through backyards and under existing houses and other structures.
A map prepared by the City of San Leandro shows five areas where residents may be faced with a similar issue. Those areas are shown below:
Area in Council District 5 bounded by Kenilworth, Dutton, Durant, E. 14th St., Breed, and Broadmoor.
Area in Council District 2 bounded by Sybil, Bancroft, San Rafael, and San Leandro High School
Area in Council District 1 bounded by Benedict, View, and Sandelin
Area in Council District 6 bounded by North, Donovan, Virginia, and O'Donnell
Area in Council District 6 bounded by Davis, Maria, Kelly, and Cherry Grove Park
At the April 12, 2011, meeting of the Facilities and Transportation Committee of the San Leandro City Council, a presentation noted that "23 miles [of sanitary sewers in San Leandro] are located in backyards of over 900 residential properties."
City staff have re-iterated on numerous occasions that homeowners are responsible for the cost of reconnecting their sewer laterals when the City moves the main sewer. Estimates of the cost of moving a sewer lateral range from $4,000 to $8,000, according to the City presentation, but could range up to $10,000 or more for each affected property owner.
Residents of the Beverly/Dowling/Dutton Triangle area are threatening to sue if they are forced to pay for moving their sewer laterals. The issue will likely appear soon on a future City Council agenda.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at May 12, 2011 9:45 PM | TrackBack