New Albany officials met with residents of Bevelhymer Road last week to talk about a potential sewer-line extension.

New Albany officials met with residents of Bevelhymer Road last week to talk about a potential sewer-line extension.

City manager Joseph Stefanov told city council Oct. 18 that nine property owners met with him Oct. 17 and were interested in sewer connections.

The issue was brought to the city’s attention by Paul Kosling, who owns property on Bevelhymer that contains a failing septic system. Kosling said he believes the home cannot be occupied without access to the city’s sewer system.

Stefanov met with residents in April to talk about the project. He said 60 percent of the residents have expressed interest in the project but it would require voluntary assessments. He also said the effort would have to be driven by residents because it is not a city priority.

“We’re still trying to get a final estimate on what the total cost would be and how that would be distributed,” Stefanov said.

He said city officials shared potential sewer alignments, which would run along Central College Road, at the meeting with residents Oct. 17.

Stefanov said the entire project could cost $1 million. That does not include funds for land acquisition and engineering costs.

He said the homeowners would be responsible for 100 percent of the construction cost and costs associated with land acquisition. The city would pick up costs for project engineering.

— Lori Wince