Sewer System in Archer
City leaders in Archer say it's not just an economic issue, but a health issue that needs to be addressed- their septic tank system needs to be eliminated.
"We can get by, we can't grow," said Dan Beck, manager of Rail House Grill.
Beck says the city of Archer isn't going anywhere, because of their septic system.
"If we didn't have this in the back, there's a possibility that we could put a drive through on the side of the building, and there's a possibility we could have a drive through to do more business also," he said.
Mayor Frank Ogborn says his city needs a sewer system.
The city has committed $700,000 of taxpayer money for plans to build one, but they still need more help before any shovels hit the ground.
"I would like to see the county help us with some infrastructure," he said.
However county leaders have been historically reluctant to help out.
A 2006 plan to extend a sewage line to Archer from a GRU treatment facility was defeated because commissioners wanted to limit development along the line.
Late last year, alachua county commissioners denied the city's request for $78,000- money that would be used on a sewer study.
"Is it appropriate for me to go ask poor people in Hawthorne and High Springs and Lacrosse to pay more in taxes so I can give it to the citizens in Archer to improve their sewer system because Hawthorne has sewer issues, High Springs has had needs in their sewer system," said Paula Delaney, alachua county commissioner.
Some feel the vast majority of the 1,200 people living in Archer, wouldn't be able to afford the increased cost a sewer system would bring to their bills, but that's why Beck says the county needs to stand behind his city, and give them a chance.
"Business is what keeps a town alive, you can't just be a large subdivision with no services to the community, we need services in this community," he said.
Ogborn says commissioners will be pursuing more federal funding for the project.
They're working to get their EPA grant increased.
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