Charlottesville Hosts Open House to Discuss Drain Pipe Repairs
There are 52 miles of drain pipes running underneath the city of Charlottesville, and city officials say those pipes need some serious work.
Wednesday, the city hosted an open house to inform the public about one option for repairing the broken pipes. They are in the process of proposing a fee to city council that would be paid twice a year by homeowners. The price of the fee would depend on the number of hard surfaces on your property.
Jean Haggerty with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure said, "For every thousand square feet of hard surface on your property, then you would go up a billing unit. So if your property has lots of parking - you're a mall or a business - you may have 5,000 square feet in impervious new property, that would be five billing units. So the more you have, the more you pay."
The city will hold a second open house Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 7:00 at CitySpace on the downtown mall.