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Malta studies options for a Cramer Hills sewer district

"These numbers may appear at this point to be somewhat steep," said Motyl. "We have contingencies built in. As design proceeds, the contingencies come down."

Placing the cost of creating the sewer district on homeowners would have to be approved by the state Department of Audit and Control, since the annual cost to homeowners would be above $667. If denied, a 51 percent referendum of the district could authorize its creation.

Clough Harbour needs direction from the board before proceeding, and the town plans to mail the 60 parcels in alternative three, as well as nearby parcels that might be able to hook into the system at a later date. They will look to the straw poll to determine if enough support exists for one of the plans to move forward, and are hoping most residents return the questionnaire.

"We need to know what the neighbors want us to do," said Councilman Peter Klotz, adding that without at least 51 percent support for a plan, it would be pointless to move forward.

"That's really the next question," he said.""

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