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The Kelso City Council will consider an ordinance Tuesday evening that would return ownership of lateral sewer lines in the right of way back to the City.

In 2012 the City relinquished sewer ownership of lateral sewer lines within city right of way to the property owners the lines service (lateral lines are those that connect a residence to the city mains). This made property owners responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of the entire lateral, not just the portion on private property.

According to agenda documents available online, the switch came at a significant cost to property owners, costing sometimes thousands of dollars. The ordinance would return the ownership and the maintenance responsibility back to the city, but just within city rights of way.

Kelso City Council will also review a proposal from Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc to perform updates to the Kelso Park Plan and create a master plan for the Catlin Spray Park. 

The council will also review a bid from Ward-Henshaw Construction Co., Inc construct the new Minor Road Reservoir, with a storage of 2 million gallons. The approximately $4.5 million bid would also include the demolition of the existing two concrete reservoirs on site.

The Kelso council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Kelso City Hall.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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