Saratoga County

Sewer plant work contracts approved

Another piece of public infrastructure needed before Advanced Micro Devices can open a computer c

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Another piece of public infrastructure needed before Advanced Micro Devices can open a computer chip factory in Malta was approved on Tuesday.

The county Board of Supervisors awarded $45.3 million in contracts for expansion and renovation at the county sewage treatment plant in Halfmoon.

The two-year project should start in July, and finish in the summer of 2010, by which time AMD’s plant should be under construction, assuming the company makes the final commitment to build.

“We’re right on schedule,” said county sewer commissioner Richard Doyle.

The sewage treatment plant is being expanded from a 21.3 million gallon-per-day capacity to 43 million gallons-per-day, making it the biggest sewage treatment plant in the Capital Region.

The expansion will give the plant additional capacity to handle more growth in the south-central part of county and future industrial wastewater from an AMD factory and other future businesses at the Luther Forest Technology Campus.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, in approving project financing last week, cited the economic benefits AMD is expected to bring.

A $67 million county water line from Moreau to Luther Forest is currently under construction, as are necessary road improvement projects in Malta.

The sewer work will include building an addition south of the current plant, and also upgrading and modernizing much of the equipment in the existing plant, some of which hadn’t been upgraded since the plant opened in 1977.

The vote Tuesday in Ballston Spa was unanimous, although three supervisors had voted against authorizing up to $52 million in sewer bonding when that matter came before supervisors in March.

“I personally think the county needs to go forward with these contracts,” said Supervisor Matthew Veitch, R-Saratoga Springs, one of those who had questioned the bonding plan.

The sewer district will be borrowing the money, raising the cost for the average sewer user by $43 per year. That figure should drop, though, as new users come onto the system.

Jett Industries of Colliersville will be the general contractor, at a price of $37.9 million.

Other contractors are Gross Electric of Queensbury, electrical work, $6 million; Merit Plumbing and Heating of Albany, plumbing, $199,000; J & K Plumbing and Heating of Binghamton, heating and air handling, $1.1 million; and QC/QA Laboratories of Schenectady, special inspections, $56,800.

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