A long wait, but Bayside sewer work could start this summer

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For decades Riverview, Longmeadow and Highland Beach homeowners have been told they will have sewers.

Now, understandably since little seems to be happening, some residents question if that will ever happen. The short answer is the Bayside sewer project encompassing the three neighborhoods is beyond the planning phase and construction could start this year.

But why has it taken so long?

The story begins in the late ’80s and early ’90s with plans to bring sewers to Riverview and later extend them to Longmeadow and Highland Beach. There was the funding. Preliminary work on the design of a gravity system was completed, and then the Sewer Authority had to address what locals had known for centuries.

Riverview, with access to Narragansett Bay, Buckeye Brook and Mill Cove, had been summer campgrounds for Native Americans long before Roger Williams came to Rhode Island. Piles of quahog and oyster shells, once garbage pits, are only feet below ground. Stone tools, arrowheads, bits of pottery and more modern iron implements have been found along with Indian burial sites.

The Narragansett Indian Tribe was concerned about disturbing the grounds. Plans for the project were delayed; the Warwick Sewer Authority concentrated on other sewer extensions. The money was spent elsewhere.

But that’s hardly the end to the story.

Then came a legislative edict that all cesspools within 200 feet of the bay and other bodies of water would have to be closed, and homeowners would need to either tie into sewers or have an approved septic system by Jan. 1, 2014. About the same time, Ed Ladouceur was elected the Ward 5 councilman. He campaigned on bringing sewers to the neighborhoods.

That was seven years ago, and Ladoceur is as passionate today about Bayside sewers as he was then. He’s done a lot to see that they become a reality. His efforts won more than council approval of bonding for the sewers. With the funding and a plan in place for sewers, the Department of Environmental Management granted an extension to the closure of cesspools to June 2020.

Now, not only is Ladouceur growing impatient, but so also are some of his constituents. In recent weeks, an email chain for the Riverview Improvement Association has been filled with inquiries about the Bayside project.

“I was told they pushed us to the fall,” Erin Cabral wrote. “Now they didn’t say what year. I know it isn’t funny, but damn how long do we have to wait? My cesspool is failing, and I can’t wait so I will have to pay double; it just isn’t fair!! Wish they would just be honest and tell us the truth.”

On Monday, Ladouceur said he is working with the Sewer Authority for answers and that when he has them he’ll hold a public hearing, most likely in early April. Indeed, the project has not been sidetracked, as evidenced in correspondence shared by Ladouceur that shows applications for permits and a schedule for the work. Ladouceur said he intends to become personally engaged, contacting the appropriate agencies so as to expedite permitting.

Assuming permitting is completed this month, Ladouceur is hopeful construction could start in mid-summer.

“When I’m on a mission, I’m on a mission,” Ladouceur vowed of his commitment to bring sewers to Bayside.

He is also on a mission to lower the $25,000 projected sewer assessment to homeowners. He notes that assessments were initially estimated in the range of $35,000. Then, because of so many Native American archeological features, the authority sought an alternative means of providing sewers. They came up with a low pressure rather than a gravity system to be installed with directional drilling to avoid sensitive sites. In place of digging a trench to lay pipe, a drill is lowered into an opening. The drill, working horizontally to the surface, then excavates an opening for the pipe.

A spokeswoman for the Warwick Sewer Authority said that the authority has issued a “request for qualifications” from contractors capable of directional drilling with the intent of going out for bids by June 1. Assuming the award of a bid, work would start this summer and take about 18 months to complete.

As the authority and the city have worked closely with the Department of Environmental Management and Coastal Resources Management Council, the feeling is that as long as sewers are under construction, the phase-out of cesspools would be continued.

Ladouceur is looking for more savings. He thinks the cost of grinder pumps that will be required of homeowners linking to the sewers should be covered by the authority. His big-ticket item that could cut assessments by as much as 20 percent is for the city to pick up the cost of repaving the roads when the project is completed. He argues the city has put off repaving neighborhood roads for more than 20 years in expectation of the sewers.

“They shouldn’t have to pay for the cost of the roads,” he says of homeowners.

So far, the administration hasn’t bought into his plan.

“To think that the folks that have waited for over 20 years for sewers [and roads] should pay the costs of new roads today is not only ridiculous, it is unconscionable,” Ladouceur writes on the Riverview website.

In his post, Ladouceur also writes that he continues to pursue federal funding for the sewers that would likewise reduce assessments although to date he hasn’t received favorable responses.

“I will also continue to explore any financial assistance elsewhere that we may gain for this project,” he writes.

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richard corrente

Ed Ladouceur made a promise to bring sewers to his part of Warwick.

Ed Ladouceur devoted hundreds of hours of his life to accomplish that.

He succeeded.

It wasn't easy. It wasn't quick, but he succeeded. Narragansett Bay will now be cleaner. Property values will now increase.

Ed Ladouceur is a man of his word. We should all appreciate him.

Happy St. Patricks everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Tuesday, March 12
wwkvoter

i'M SURE HE APPRECIATES THE COMPLIMENT, FROM SOMEONE WHO LOST THE ELECTION BY A LANDSLIDE AND STILL CALLS HIMSELF MAYOR... NOT

Tuesday, March 12
Hillsgrove Hal

richard corrente, the Beacon has removed other comments of yours with these same accusations.

Maybe you should call and ask them why.

Wednesday, March 13
Hillsgrove Hal

richard corrente, here is the page where your comments were deleted: http://warwickonline.com/stories/council-approves-62m-for-first-phase-school-repairs,140599?#comments

Call the Beacon and ask them why they deleted your comments.

Wednesday, March 13
Hillsgrove Hal

They also removed a comment of yours from this page, richard corrente: http://warwickonline.com/stories/council-exhaults-over-sale-of-rhodes-school,140436?#comments

I remember that it included exactly the same accusations you repeated on this page.

Someone at the Beacon is watching your comments, and has already deleted some of them that include these accusations. It is likely only a matter of time before they delete the latest one.

Call the Beacon and ask why they deleted your comments.

Wednesday, March 13
richard corrente

Dear HillsgroveHal,

WOW!

You're hanging on my every word! I must be making quite an impact, at least on you. Thanks for helping me gain attention to my comments about That "Carruolo" guy.

Have a Happy St. Patricks Day!

Rick

Wednesday, March 13
Hillsgrove Hal

I told you they would delete your comment on this page, richard corrente.

Call the Beacon and ask why they are deleting your comments.

Wednesday, March 13
Bob_Cushman

Creekeeraven where did you go?

Thursday, March 14
richard corrente

Dear Bob Cushman,

CrickeeRaven (the Fake name) doesn't seem to be used anymore. Not surprising, as soon as that Fake name went away, two new ones arrived. wwkvoter and HillsgroveHal. They speak THE EXACT SAME WAY as CrickeeRaven and are just as cowardly, using a Fake name, of Fake people, with Fake news, from Fake sources.

They lack the credibility and self-esteem of people who comment from an honest name. People like Bob Cushman.

Happy St. Patrick Bob.

Happy St Patricks everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Thursday, March 14
Bob_Cushman

wwkvoter has been around for years with often insightful and knowledgeable comments.

Thursday, March 14
richard corrente

Dear Bob Cushman,

Are you sure? I've never read comments from "wwkvoter" before.

I just noticed him when CrickeeRaven mysteriously vanished. I'm almost positive I knew who that was. I think you were too.

As far as him being "knowledgible", I agree. It's almost as if he was as "knowledgible" as, for example, a Chief-of-Staff.

Happy St. Patrick weekend Bob.

Happy St Patricks weekend everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers mayor

Friday, March 15
richard corrente

Dear HillsgroveHal, you anonymous COWARD of a critic!

FOUR TIMES ON THIS PAGE ALONE! you demand that I "call the Beacon to ask why they deleted my comments."

Why?

I don't need to do that. I already know why they are violating my first amendment rights. It's because of the many times you went there unannounced and threw a temper-tantrum and they got worn down by your bullying. So, just in hopes that it would appease you (The real you. The true identity that you are way too much of a coward to expose), they deleted some of my comments hoping that it would shut you up, but it didn't work did it? You promised them it would, but you lied, didn't you. Honesty and integrity is just not in your DNA, is it.

You just keep running your mouth using a Fake name shouting Fake news, from Fake sources, from Fake people. (four times in this article alone! WOW!)

I, on the other hand, have always been a guy who sets out to right the wrong.

It is the reason I ran against Avedisian when NO ONE ELSE HAD THE COURAGE. It is the reason I spent over $40,000 of my own money, not a DIME from Political Action Committees! AND, it is the reason I spent over 1,000 days campaigning, over 700 days in a row!

I exposed the graft of the David LaPlant scandal and attacked the Avedisian/Carruolo team for it.

I exposed the moral-horror of the Mario Atoyan scandal and when certain School Committee members said The Ragosta Report is "verbal", I was the one who called Attorney Vincent Ragosta, learned that there were over 600 pages of WRITTEN TESTIMONY from Allied Court Reporters and gave that information to the Beacon.

What happened?

1. Avedisian is gone.

2. Certain members of the School Committee are gone.

3. Avedisians Chief-of-Staff is also GONE! (Avedisian went through 4 Chiefs-of-Staff in 14 months!)

There is only one piece of unfinished business. The disgusting piece of garbage that was the criminal-mind of the Avedisian dealings.

You.

Keep running your mouth HillsgroveHal. It will be your downfall. (the REAL you. Not the Fake-name you)

Happy St. Patricks' weekend everyone...Hey! Wasn't St Patrick the guy that ran all the rats out of town? He WAS! Wasn't he.

Happy St Patricks weekend everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Friday, March 15
Hillsgrove Hal

richard corrente, you have had comments deleted and have been told you are wrong.

Yelling at me will not change that.

Based on your lack of credibility, I will disregard the rest of your comment as more made-up stories.

Friday, March 15