Wyman said those property owners were unaware the county was going to offer a financing mechanism when they paid to have their houses connected to the system.
Commissioner Tyler Moore said this will give those property owners the opportunity to spread out the payments, if they paid the costs upfront.
Lake said the Darrough Chapel project was scheduled to be complete by June 1, but the county is going to ask for a six-month extension to complete the project.
“Everyone has to be connected,” he said. “We need enough time to connect everyone to the sanitary sewer system before the extension runs out.”
Property owners will have 30 days to enroll in the program after its adoption by the Stormwater District Board, Board of Commissioners and Howard County Council. Adoption is expected in June.
County attorney Larry Murrell said if property owners don’t connect to the sewer system, the county will need to take enforcement action.
He said 100 percent of the property owners have to connect to the sewer system for the county to be in compliance with the Community Development Block Grant.
“If we’re found not in compliance, the county could be required to repay the $600,000 in grant funds,” Murrell said.
The Stormwater District has spent about $116,000 on the project.
Through an agreement with Kokomo, Darrough Chapel property owners will be charged a monthly sewer fee of $45.
Kokomo agreed to extend an interceptor sewer line along Arnold Avenue at a cost of $1.2 million for the Darrough Chapel connection.