Modesto seeks to add Parklawn area to sewer system

Bee Staff ReportsMay 27, 2014 

Modesto on Wednesday will seek formal permission from another agency for the unincorporated Parklawn neighborhood to tie into the city’s sewer system.

Parklawn’s 326 homes, just east of Highway 99 and south of Hatch Road, have relied on septic tanks since the development sprang up in the 1940s, but chronic failures have caused sewage to pool in yards, and softened dirt has made some home foundations list.

Stanislaus County spent $1.2 million last year laying sewer mains in neighborhood streets but lacked money to connect to homes after state leaders dissolved redevelopment agencies in 2011. A recent $4.95 million state grant will complete the project, including about $5,000 in sewer connections for each house if owners spend about $3,000 extending service lines to their homes.

The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission, which reviews out-of-area service requests, prefers that cities annex neighborhoods outright. But Modesto is not ready to absorb Parklawn’s 86 acres, and exceptions can be granted to alleviate health issues. Plus, the neighborhood already receives city water.

Also, LAFCO in the past has allowed Modesto to give services to the Shackelford tract, which later was annexed to the city, and also serves the unincorporated Bret Harte and Robertson Road neighborhoods.

Wednesday’s LAFCO meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St., Modesto.

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