As the 40-year struggle for sewer service in the Rogers Road community continues, local officials are exploring a new option that would give the community more independence.
Nathan Wangusi, a technical assistance provider working with Rogers Road through the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, said the latest idea is to incorporate the area as a utility district.
If the plan is approved, Rogers Road’s water and sewer services would be independent of Orange County, and the neighborhood would apply directly to the state and federal governments for funding.
Rogers Road Task Force
February 2012: The county voted to close the landfill after 40 years
Feb. 21, 2012: The Historic Rogers Road Task Force was created.
Dec. 6, 2012: The task force presented a report on the state of the sewer and water hookups and the community center for the Rogers Road community.
Jan. 24, 2013: County commissioners discussed a $5.8 million plan to bring water and sewer to the neighborhood
Wangusi said the project is ambitious for such a small area.
“Utility districts have autonomy, but with autonomy comes a great deal of responsibility,” Wangusi said.