Nevada County has come up with a solution to reduce the excessive sewer rates many in our community are forced to pay. We currently pay one of the highest rates in California to operate our existing sewage treatment plant. Due to the increasing environmental standards that the sewage plant is required to meet, the cost of maintaining it has continued to soar. Even with all the expense put into the plant, currently it still does not meet standards. Many of you may have received a letter in the mail from Nevada County describing the project. In the proposal, the County plans to decommission the existing Cascade Shores Waste water Treatment Facility, and instead direct waste water flows to a new community septic system. Construction will consist of two 20,000 gallon tanks, a lift station, conveyance force main, motor control center, emergency generator, leachate tanks, and a leach field consisting of buried 7,700 feet of PVC pipe. The site is on 40 acres bordered by Mountain View Drive, Pasquale Road, and Pacific Close (APN: 38-570-04). The project has been identified to reduce the cost of operation for the Cascade Shores Residents while improving water quality. The county has a public comment period that allows all of us to voice any concerns we may have. Comments must be received by 5 PM on the last day of the comment period, October 28, 2013. Comments can be sent to David A. Garcia, Jr., Transportation Planner, Nevada County Department of Public Works, 950 Maidu Avenue, Nevada City, CA 95959. Once the comment period is completed, our County Supervisor, Nate Beason will schedule a meeting with interested homeowners to lay out the plans for the new system and to answer questions from the homeowners who are sewer users and any interested parties who are not.