Utility waiver could lead to development of old gas station on East Wooster Street PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 08:21
Bowling Green's Board of Public Utilities has granted an accommodation tap for sanitary sewer service to a long-empty gas station on East Wooster Street just east of Interstate 75.
The tap would allow owner Robert Maurer to install a gravity sewer from his eastern property line to the existing Dunbridge Road sanitary sewer. The tap essentially waives the usual requirement that a sanitary sewer be installed across the entire frontage of a property.
Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell told the board earlier this week the city's master plan shows no sanitary sewer between I-75 and Dunbridge Road, but if one was ever required the property owner would have to pay the cost. O'Connell said that west of the station, Maurer owns a 20-foot strip of land along an Ohio Department of Transportation Limited Access Right-of-Way and no driveway access would be permitted.
"Installation of a gravity sewer along the entire frontage will likely result in 600 feet of sanitary sewer being installed that will never serve any customers," O'Connell wrote in a memo to the BPU.
He told the board that any development south of Maurer property has frontage on Dunbridge Road and would be required to tap into the Dunbridge Road sanitary sewer. The property adjacent to Maurer's 1.0949-acre parcel is owned by Reina Ann Calderon, containing four parcels totalling about 70 acres.
O'Connell said the sewer tap will allow Maurer to replace a septic system, which predates any city development east of I-75. The gas station dates to the opening of I-75 in the early 1970s.
The land is taxed as commercial ($4,328 a year) and is appraised at $205,800, according to the Wood County Auditor's website. Maurer has owned the property since 2005, having purchased it from BG Corporation for $225,000. BG Corporation bought the land from Ken-Ron #1 Inc. in 1993, for $165,000.
The board also:
• Agreed to a three-year renewal of the Efficiency Smart program contract. O'Connell said the program has helped Bowling Green residents, businesses and industries become more energy-efficient, save money and helped the city's electric system purchase less power. He said the program has been especially helpful to industries working to cut costs. The board discussed the program at length during its Sept. 9 meeting.
• Learned the price for natural gas aggregation for Columbia Gas of Ohio customers will be fixed at 54.9 cents per 100 cubic feet of gas effective Nov. 1 through March 31, 2014. O'Connell said this is 2.8 percent higher than the Nov. 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013 heating season, which was 53.4 cents per 100 cubic feet. He said city residents are not obligated to use the source and that a list of suppliers can be found on the PUCO website. He noted that most of those prices are variable rates.

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