Water, sewer extension plan progresses

Potential water and sewer users in the town are one step closer to receiving municipal water and

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Potential water and sewer users in the town are one step closer to receiving municipal water and sewers thanks to a decision made last week by the Town Board.

The board voted to authorize a bond anticipation note for the extension of the Route 30 water and sewer district, although the town has not reached an agreement with the city over the use of the city’s water for the extension.

According to Supervisor Thomas DiMezza, the water extension is expected to cost $3.5 million and the sewer extension is expected to cost $150,000. DiMezza said the town has to have an agreement with the city by March 17, which is the day the state comptroller’s office needs a financial commitment for the state Department of Transportation to begin work on the Route 30 upgrades as scheduled.

“I’m very optimistic and positive that [an agreement] will be forthcoming,” DiMezza said. “We’ll work things out.”

The DOT plans to improve Route 30 from the Amsterdam city limits near Wallins Corners Road north to Voorhees Road in Perth. Improvements include sidewalks, a new traffic signal and the realignment of Log City Road to intersect with Maple Avenue Extension.

The water extension up Route 30 along with a sewer extension down Log City Road is expected to be built during the road improvements.

DiMezza said town and city officials are only arguing about language in the contract, specifically how many gallons the city commits to supplying the town. DiMezza said currently the contract commits the city to 200,000 gallons per day. The town is seeking to increase that to 500,000 gallons per day.

“We may not use that for a long time to come, but the language has to show we have the source and supply,” he said.

DiMezza said the city also wants the town to contribute to infrastructure improvements to the city’s Water Treatment Plant. DiMezza agreed that the town should contribute to the improvements, but only if the water rate was reasonable enough. DiMezza said with current water rates, the town couldn’t add any debt service fees to contribute to improvements to the city’s infrastructure.

Mayor Ann Thane declined to comment about current negotiations with the town.

Alderman William Wills, D-4th Ward, said he assumed city officials were working with town officials to finalize the contract, but he was unaware of any specific discussions.

Alderman Daniel Roth, R-2nd Ward, who is head of the city’s water commission, said he had received a letter from DiMezza asking to meet with him and has scheduled a meeting for this week.

“Any economic growth within our county is of great interest to the city,” he said. “We’ll do anything we can to work with the town as long as they work with us.”

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