Sewer Extension Project


The sewer new line has begun just past Lakeside and it’s completed south to Johnson Rd. This consists of 12-inch sewer main, which is 1,678 ft, also laterals going to the west side of US 23 (1,895 ft.) and east side (1,089 ft.) and includes 6 manhole structures. There is still work to do on the manholes and eventually the installation of cameras with the inspection of the sewer main. If everything is satisfactory, the first section will be able to start hook-ups. This section is gravity fed and is connected to a existing line which then continues to the sewer treatment facility.





If you are not a full time resident and are part of the sewer extension project, please call Debbie at 739-9169 to provide a good contact phone number where you can be reached for any questions.

If you are a contractor looking for information regarding the sewer extension project, please call Cal Taylor at 820-5754

As of today’s date, they have put over 950 ft. of sewer line in, 2 manholes, and 13 services (8 short lateral on lake side and 5 long directional on west side of US 23).  This phase will continue to Johnson Road which has been a bit slow because of the dewatering.  A few homes do not have city water, therefore they will need to have a meter install or a flat rate charged to them.


PROJECT UPDATE August 10, 2021
The installation of the sewer line began on Monday August 9, 2021. Moving south from approximately 4270 N US 23 to Johnson Road.  This should be completed in approximately 3 weeks. 

Once that portion is completed they will move to the location of the new lift station located by the condo's and head north to Johnson Road. That phase should take approximately 3 weeks. 

From there they will go back by the Condo's and begin moving south. 

We will continue to update this page as information is made available.

If you have any questions regarding timelines for hooking up, disconnecting from your septic or similiar, please refer to Ordinance 120

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Township Hall. 989-739-9169



The contractors bidding on the project have been telling us that due to equipment components delays, the time frame to get a new electrical panel built from submittal to field delivery is almost 6 months. In order to receive competitive bids we may extend the completion date to June 2022 for final site restoration and March 2022 for the US 23 Extension work.

 Estimated time schedule based upon material and equipment delays would be as follows:

  • Bid Opening                                                              April 27,2021
  • Township Award                                                        Monday May 3,2021
  • USDA Loan Closing                                                   June 7,2021                                   (Normally takes 30 days after bid opening)
  • Sign Construction Contracts                                     June 8,2021                                   (Can be done Immediately after loan Closing)
  • Pre Construction Meeting                                         June 8,2021                                   (Can be done Immediately after loan Closing)
  • Contractor Submittal Period                                     June 10 -July 1,2021                     (Long Lead Items get reviewed first)
  • Contractor Delivery of MH Structures                       Mid to late July 2021                  
  • Contractor Delivery of PS Structures                        Mid July to August 2021
  • Contractor Delivery of Pumps and panels                November to December 2021
  • Gravity Sewer Installation                                         Mid August to January 2022
  • Sewer lateral Installation                                           Mid October to January 2022
  • PS Mechanical work                                                 November 2021 to March 2022 (Can’t complete work until delivery of materials)
  • Site Restoration                                                        May- June 2022


Project Timeline as of 3-24-21:    

The original timeline for this project was starting in January and completing in July. Due to a number of delays, this timeline has had to change and adjust. We are now anticipating a completion date in September.  The project is being completed in a southernly direction. As phases are completed, property owners will be notified that they can contact their contractors to complete the hook up.

A list of excavators and plumbers obtained from permits submitted to the County over the last two years is available at the bottom of this page.



The cost of the project is covered by 75% Grant in the amount of $4,767,000.00, 25% Bond in the amount of $1,589,000.00 and at this time we have consistently communicated that bond amount breaks down to an estimate of $25 per hook up, per month for the duration of the loan (40 years). 

After reviewing the numbers, which do not include hookups beyond the required 200 feet from the right of way and the vacant lots, the $25 monthly debt retirement fee that we have been communicating is higher than what we will be actually charging. It is a worst-case scenario figure, even with escalating construction costs.

As stated previously, if the project goes extremely over budget during the bid process, AuSable Township Board of Trustees still has the ability to stop the project.  However, this was factored into the numbers that we have been communicating and will not likely be the case.

The debt reduction fee begins once the lead is installed at your property and you are notified. There is no tap fee to connect to the sewer extension provided your connection is scheduled within 90 days of notification of completion and completed within 270 days of notice of completion. Once this term has expired, standard tap fees apply.

The debt reduction fee will not fluctuate for the duration of the USDA loan.


Project Scope:

Within the project, there are 40 vacant parcels, 22 residences more than 200 feet from the right of way and 178 within the mandatory 200 feet from the right of way.   

Staff has been communicating with the vacant parcel owners and the residences beyond 200 feet to ensure that all who want a lead will have one installed.  If these property owners want the lead installed, they are committing to the debt reduction fee.  All new hookups and leads are committing.


AuSable Township Residents

On Monday August 3, 2020, AuSable Township received an offer from the USDA for a 75% grant / 25% loan at 1.125% interest for the sewer extension project extending from the 4200’s on US 23 south to approximately 3008 US 23.  This letter is intended to help answer any questions or concerns you may have. 

Which side of the road will this be placed?
The sewer extension will be placed in the right of way on the east side of US 23.  The limits of the right of way can be measured 100 feet from the center line of US 23 each way. The municipal sewer will serve both east and west sides of US 23.

When will the construction begin?
Construction is tentatively planned to start in January 2021 and completed in July 2021.

What about the bike path?
The Iron Belle Trail project is still in the works. There are delays due to Covid-19 and we do not have a new timeline yet.

What about the sewer lagoon project?
The lagoon preliminary engineering report has been completed; however, we separated the two projects to ensure that those landowners in desperate need of sewer could receive it as quickly as possible.  We will continue to investigate the feasibility of the lagoon project to stabilize sewer treatment costs for AuSable Township residents.

Will I have to connect to the sewer extension and when?
Per state law, if your residence is within 200 feet from the edge of the right of way, you must connect to the sewer.

Au Sable Township Ordinance Section II (d) states:

  • “In order to fully protect and promote the health, safety and welfare of the people of the Township, connection of all structures in which sanitary sewage originates to the Townships available public sanitary sewer system be and is hereby required.  Said connections shall be made within Ninety (90) days after (l) the publication of a notice by the Township of the availability of the system in a newspaper of general circulation within the township”

What do I do about my septic tank?
District Health Department No.2 has provided the following information.

Any sewage disposal system which is no longer in use and has been replaced by a connection to a municipal sewer, or a successor sewage disposal system, shall be abandoned in a manner so as to prevent a nuisance or hazard to public health.

  1. Septic Tanks

Any septic tank which is no longer in use shall be emptied by a licensed septage hauler and filled with clean compacted soil and/or aggregate.

(2)         Soil Absorption System Removal

When soil absorption system material is removed, the material shall be placed in an area that is at least fifty (50) feet from surface water, fifty (50) feet from all private wells, and seventy-five (75) feet from all Type II or III Public Water Supply wells.  The material shall be covered with at least six (6) inches of clean soil within twenty-four (24) hours. Any stone, drainpipe, blocks, or similar materials shall not be exposed to the ground surface.  The soil absorption system material shall not be placed within eighteen (18) inches of the seasonal high-water table.

(3)         Transport of Soil Absorption System Materials

When soil absorption system materials are removed from a premise, precautions shall be taken to prevent liquids and other materials from being released from the transport vehicle.

How will we connect to the new sewer system?
Property owners will need to hire a contractor to connect from the sewer lead at edge of the right of way to the building. That contractor will work in conjunction with AuSable Township DPW to ensure that installation is correct. You can contact the Oscoda AuSable Chamber of Commerce for a list of qualified contractors. Their number is 989-739-7322

Will there be a tap fee to connect?
There is no tap fee to connect to the sewer extension provided your connection is scheduled within 90 days of notification of completion and completed within 270 days of notice of completion. Once this term has expired, standard tap fees apply.  

Will there be a Special Assessment?
There is no special assessment for this project. However, there will be a monthly sewer debt fee that will be included with each billing to the customers along US 23 for this project. This fee will pay for the township’s loan portion of the project.   

How much will the sewer debt fee be?
Estimates right now are $24.00 a month. The final amount will be determined once the project is complete.

What other sewer use fees will be charged?
A monthly fee for the Township’s operations and maintenance costs and the treatment (gallonage) cost that AuSable currently pays to Oscoda Township. This cost will be based upon the Townships sewer use ordinance.

We hope that this communication helps answer your questions.  If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to call the superintendent at 739-9169 or email her at superintendent@ausabletownship.net .


District Health Department 2 Letter of Support can be seen here



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