An amended sewer agreement with Raleigh will allow Clayton to use capacity at the city’s Neuse River Treatment Plant through 2027.
The agreement, approved by Clayton leaders last week, leaves the door open to use capacity even further into the future. It also gives Clayton an option to buy more capacity if needed.
As more people move to town, Clayton needs more sewage-treatment capacity. The deal with Raleigh increases Clayton's capacity by 1 million gallons per day, with an option to purchase about 250,000 more gallons daily.
The town will now focus on sending that sewage to the Neuse River plant, which is near the Wake-Johnston county line.
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Clayton has been planning a pipeline to Raleigh for nearly a decade and originally agreed in 2007 to purchase capacity at the city’ s treatment plant. However, the town put the project on hold during the recession.
With the pipeline now back on the table, the town needed to amend its agreement with Raleigh to freshen up terms.
Clayton has paid Raleigh about $3.6 million already for the 1 million gallons of treatment capacity it plans to use at the city’s treatment plant. The 5-mile pipeline is estimated to cost another $4 million.
Clayton has also spent about $170,000 since 2012 to get easements from landowners who live along the pipeline route.
After finalizing engineering for the project and freshening up permits, Clayton plans to seek bids for construction this fall.
Sam’s Branch line
Clayton’s pipeline to Raleigh isn’t the only sewer project in the works.
The town is also extending a sewer line along Sam’s Branch Creek to serve new and planned subdivisions on the north side of town.
The project will extend westward an existing line that ends at North O’Neil Street near the Sam’s Branch Greenway trail-head. It will run past three neighborhoods that could add 3,000 homes on the north side of Clayton when built out.
The developers of two of those subdivisions will contribute about $940,000 of the sewer line’s cost, according to drafts of agreements with both parties. The total projected cost for the 6,600 linear foot extension is about $1.18 million.
Developer Reid Smith of Clayton, who is building the 330-unit ParkView subdivision on City Road, would give about $355,400 for the pipeline extension, according to one of the draft agreements.
In return, Clayton would reserve an undetermined amount of sewer capacity for ParkView homes. After the project is finished, the town would also draw on usage fees to reimburse Smith for a portion of the project cost.
Clayton would do the same for Everland-Lee LLC, which is planning a mixed-use subdivision near the intersection of Shotwell and Covered Bridge roads.
Everland-Lee LLC would pay about $586,000 for the sewer-line extension. The town would reserve about 244,000 gallons of capacity daily for the development’s residential and commercial users, according to the draft agreement.
Town Manager Steve Biggs said the town built the existing Sam’s Branch sewer line in the 2000s to serve a planned 2,200-home subdivision that never panned out. Plans for that subdivision, now known as Steeplechase, were resubmitted last fall and are still being considered by the Town Council.
Biggs said he expects the Town Council to act on the agreements for the Sam’s Branch extension in August.
The Town of Clayton was one of 90 towns across the nation recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) in 2015. The American Public Power Association hands out the distinction only after a panel of 18 industry experts judge a utility on system reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Of more than 2,000 public power providers across the nation, 191 are recognized as RP3 compliant.