Fairbanks borough wants to put restrictions on outhouses

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough is trying to outlaw outhouses in neighborhoods that already have sewer and water hookups.

The ordinance put forward by Assemblywoman Bonnie Williams would require properties that have a sewer line to either hook into it or get a septic system. Already established outhouses are not affected by the proposal.

The issue of outhouses was brought to a head by a situation in the Totem Park subdivision located off College Road near University Avenue. Some of the rental properties owned by 43-year-old Jeff Bovee -- a plumber by trade -- have modern plumbing. But others don't and those residents use outhouses.

Bovee's neighbors are concerned about sewage from the outhouses seeping into the water table. But Bovee has said he doesn't have the time or money to update the properties.

The borough planning commission in February passed Williams' measure unanimously. The borough assembly now is accepting public comment, and could take a vote on the issue as early as Thursday.

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