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No Hopkinton Sewer Tie-in Yet

The Town of Hopkinton hand-delivered a check for $1.2 million to the Sewer Department on Monday afternoon, but the Sewer Commission is holding firm that the neighboring town cannot connect its sewer mains to Milford's until the balance of $3,885,795 the neighboring town owes for the connection is received.

At last night's commission meeting, Sewer Superintendent John Mainini said that Hopkinton plans to begin digging up the 120 feet leading to the Milford town line today to install a sewer main, and had wanted to excavate in Milford as well to extend that new main a few feet over the town line to connect to the main on Purchase Street. "The connection will not be done at this time," he said.

Once Hopkinton pays the remaining funds to Milford, its Department of Public Works officials will have to come before the Sewer Commission and formally request to connect the two systems, Mainini said. "They're looking at getting the rest of the money by the end of the month," he said.

Still to be resolved is the question of installing a meter at the connection site to measure the amount of sewerage flowing into Milford, Mainini said. Hopkinton officials prefer to use a nearby pumping station gauge, and Mainini and Jack O'Connell, senior vice president of Tata & Howard, Inc. – the Sewer Department's Marlborough-based engineering consultants – will look at it on Thursday morning, he said. Milford may be open to letting the neighboring town forego the new meter for a trial period with its own gauge, he said, put that would have to be put in writing and signed by both towns, Mainini said.

"They agreed to it years back," Commission Chairman Thomas Morelli said about the new meter.

Last year, Hopkinton received necessary approval from the state Water Resources Commission to send up to 204,410 gallons per day of sewerage to Milford.

For more on this topic, be sure to read the next issue of The Town Crier.


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