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Shift sewer line maintenance to residents?

The Coulee Dam City Council Wednesday discussed an idea its insurance company would dearly love to see take effect: shift maintenance of all “lateral” sewer lines to homeowners.

The city spends about $12,000 a year for city employees to unplug lines that go from the city’s mainline to homes, city Superintendent Mike Steffens told the council last Wednesday. Most cities don’t do that, but Coulee Dam doesn’t have a clear demarcation of where its line begins and the homeowner’s ends.

Council members were not keen on the idea. Councilmembe...

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