AVON-BY-THE-SEA — At the commissioners’ meeting on Monday night, topics of discussion ranged from starting a new goose patrol to pool staffing issues and the replacement of lead-lined pipes.
“The lead pipes, I got a notification, which I got last year about the lead service lines,” said Avon resident Tim Mulcahy. “Is there a plan in place to replace those lead service lines?”
According to Mayor Ed Bonanno, the state is requiring all lead service lines in towns across the state to be replaced within the next 10 years. He also said that the 10-year plan is to have 10 percent of the houses to replace their lines every year. Mr. Mulcahy was under the impression that the borough was responsible for the actual project of replacing the lines, but borough officials said it is a resident’s responsibility to replace the lines from the main line to their house.
“The law requires that the municipality and the municipal water replace all of the lead service lines in the town, including the ones on private property,” said Mr. Mulcahy.
But Mayor Bonanno responded, “I understand that the town does not have to pay for that. If we are required to find a contractor then we can charge whoever the homeowner is for that.”
Borough Attorney Barry Cooke said a survey was given out a few years ago to determine which houses still have lead lines. Out of that survey, over 300 houses were found to need lines replaced.
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