Sewer work will begin soon

Most of the excavation and construction of sewer mains and a wastewater treatment plant for the long

Most of the excavation and construction of sewer mains and a wastewater treatment plant for the long-awaited $4.5 million hamlet project will be completed by fall, engineer Doug Cole predicted Thursday.

Owners of the 177 properties in the sewer district, however, will likely not be able to hook up until next spring, said Cole, a project engineer with John M. McDonald Engineering.

“Substantial completion of the piping and the treatment plant will be built by the end of the year,” he said.

Cole, McDonald’s field engineer Paul Welsh, and Dan Crandell of contractor Cranbrook Construction outlined project plans and hook-up alternatives before about 35 residents at an informational hearing.

Digging will start in mid-July, Cole said, with main installations to begin along Enders Avenue in August before moving on to Main Street in September.

“We’ll be pretty busy over the next six months, and that will get the bulk of the work down this summer,” Cole said.

Testing and frozen ground during the winter will likely mean hook-ups and starting up the system can be expected by next spring or early summer.

While most of the sewer system and plant will be funded by federal grants and long-term loans, homeowners will be responsible for excavating on their properties and installing 6-inch lateral pipes to link to the 8-inch sewer mains.

If property owners hire a private contractor to install pipe from their building to the street-side connection, Cole estimated costs will be roughly $30 per foot. That would mean a 50-foot line would cost about $1,500.

In addition, owners would also have to pay an average of about $150 to pump out their old septic tanks. The tanks would also have to be crushed or filled in. Cost would vary depending on the size and type of tank.

Cole recommended getting three estimates before picking a contractor. Owners could also install the lateral lines themselves, provided results meet required inspections and that they include winter insulation on pipes closer than 3 feet from the surface.

Cole said U.S. Department of Agriculture loans or grants are available to assist qualified lower-income owners who are at least 62 years old and meet income guidelines.

Schoharie Supervisor Martin Shrederis said the district would gather a list of qualified local contractors as well as information about assistance programs.

The first of three quarterly bills of $82 each went out to district property owners this month to recoup expenses of bond anticipation loans from the towns of Esperance and Schoharie, said Esperance Supervisor Earl Van Wormer III.

The district overlaps both towns.

When the sewer system begins operation, users are expected to be charged about $544 for the first year.

Cranbrook Construction of Latham will build the sewage collection system under a March bid of about $2.8 million.

The project, planned for more than 10 years, aims to correct longstanding pollution problems from failing septic systems and poor drainage, according to designers.

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