May 12, 2011

Sewer Lateral Issue Will Likely Impact More Areas of San Leandro

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
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