By Robert Fucci
An inter-municipal agreement (IMA) between the towns and Sutton and Northbridge, along with retailer Walmart, was approved by the Board of Selectmen during its July 19 meeting, paving the way for sewer service to parts of Northbridge.
According to Sutton Town Administrator Jim Smith, Walmart, located at 100 Valley Parkway, has had issues with Northbridge’s Board of Health regarding its septic system for over a year.
“The Board of Health has given Walmart two years to identify alternative solutions,” Smith said. “One option is to redesign their septic system and install a new system. The second option is to pump to the Sutton Wastewater Treatment Facility on Hough Road.”
Smith said Sutton’s town counsel drafted the IMA.
Graves’ Engineering has been retained to review the plans. All of the work will happen in Northbridge and take between six to eight months.
A pump station will be located near the entrance to Walmart and the sewer line will run down Main Street in Northbridge, under Route 146, and tie into the manhole at the end of Gilmore Drive.
Smith said Sutton will maintain the pump station.
Walmart will pay Sutton a one-time fee of $25,000 toward a maintenance account to assist in the project.
“Northbridge residents can tie into the sewer,” Smith said. “Water will also be provided to the area. There’s potential for future economic development. It’s an exciting time.”
Walmart will be responsible for all costs associated with the design and construction of the connection to the sewer system.
“It seems to be very well drafted,” Chairman John Hebert said. “This is nothing but a win for Sutton.”
The maximum flow according to the agreement will be 25,000 gallons per day.
Sutton will also bill Northbridge on a semi-annual basis a user fee of $295 based on 30,000 gallons.
All three parties will review and revise the agreement at least once every three years.
The motion to accept the agreement passed by a 3-0 vote. Selectmen Jesse Limanek and Michael Kenney were absent.