The Town of Grantsville is under the hammer to improve its sewer system.

Mayor Wilbert Kerby said, "We're in dire need."

The system is in serious disrepair, needing new lift stations and additional improvements.

A 12% rate increase in water-sewage bills did not go into effect as planned, but cost estimates say that amount of increase will not fund the needed improvements.

Kerby said it now looks like the town could request a 15% increase, that could go into effect by March, 2007.

The town of 550 citizens does not have the money to make the needed improvements to put the system in compliance, Kerby said, having been given written notification of non-compliance by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Kerby says the town has applied for just about every grant and financial resource available for the improvements.

Currently the town needs to come up with $150,000 to complete design work on the project, money the town does not have.

"We're probably going to have to borrow most of that money, otherwise the improvements will not move ahead," Kerby said, "At this point, we have very little choice in the matter."

The mayor said the town has lots of needs. "The council will make every effort to take care of the most important ones," he said.

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