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SOUTHINGTON — Voters will decide on a $2.6 million sewer expansion plan in November for the northwest corner of town that officials hope will encourage Lincoln College of New England to expand.
There’s no sewer service in that part of town and the college uses a septic system for its waste. The sewer line expansion would also bring service to some of the planned homes in a subdivision on Welch Road.
Town Council Chairman Michael Riccio said he and other town officials are planning a visit to New Jersey to talk with Lincoln College executives about expansion. Lincoln College is a for-profit campus owned by Lincoln Educational Services Group which owns nearly 50 campuses in 17 states.
Lincoln College did not return a call for comment on Wednesday.
The college came to the town more than a decade ago with expansion plans, Riccio said, but wasn’t able to build more dorms without sewer hookup.
“That’s always been the hold-up for them,” he said. “Once the sewers go in, we’ll be ready for them to expand.”
Riccio and Economic Develop-ment Coordinator Louis Perillo are planning to travel to New Jersey next week.
The sewer project would include construction of a pump station on Welch Road and a sewer line along that street, according to Town Engineer Keith Hayden. Construction would take about six months.
Expanded sewer lines in the northwest corner of town will also bring sewer access to 300 acres of undeveloped land, Riccio said. Lake Compounce would also be able to hook up to town sewer if it chose to expand.
“It’s to set them up for future growth,” Riccio said.
Lake Compounce would have no immediate plans to connect to Southington’s sewer system if it were available, according to manager Jerry Brick. The park currently pumps waste to Bristol.
“From my standpoint, we’re all set,” Brick said. “If it helps the other guys, great.”
Dawn Miceli, a Democratic councilor, said the plan to bring sewer service to that section of town dates back many years. The 300 acres of undeveloped land is currently owned by Tilcon Connecticut Inc. but she said ESPN, Lake Compounce and Lincoln College all have options to buy it if they chose to expand.
“The sewer installation has been on the back burner for years,” Miceli said. “That’s always been a hope on the part of town officials, that this land will be developed.”
Miceli said she’d like to see what the potential tax revenue would be to the town after spending money on the sewer.
Lincoln College paid $160,909 in taxes in 2013, while Lake Compounce paid $191,800.
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