Glenville

Koetzle looks to switch some Glenville residents to town’s water supply

Town of Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle, center, recites the Oath of Office in front of his wife, Beatrice, left, and the Hon. Michael Cuevas at Glenville Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.
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Town of Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle, center, recites the Oath of Office in front of his wife, Beatrice, left, and the Hon. Michael Cuevas at Glenville Town Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

The town of Glenville is looking to expand its water infrastructure in order to transfer roughly 720 town residents from Scotia water lines over to its own lines. 

Glen Oaks resident Robert Derrick is excited to see it happen after dealing with lower water pressure in his home for years. 

“It can trickle at times,” he said. 

The transfer is among Supervisor Chris Koetzle’s goals for 2022, which he shared during his State of the Town address last Wednesday night. The change is not only meant to help residents but also improve both economic development and public safety in town, Koetzle said. 

“For too long, our residents of these areas of town have been left to the village system where they have lower pressure and have been subject to higher rates,” Koetzle said in his address.  “This infrastructure investment that will bring our town residents onto our system will bring them better water at lower prices. It will help all users since we will no longer continue the practice of letting revenue flow to the village while the costs of the system stay on the town residents.”

Derrick said he understands that as a town resident, he pays considerably more for the village’s water than he would if he was connected to the town’s lines. 

“That doesn’t seem fair,” he said. 

Koetzle said town residents connected to village of Scotia water lines pay 36% more for their water. 

He said this infrastructure improvement would only follow with the other growth happening in town. Koetzle said this would provide even more economic opportunities too as larger businesses seek good water pressure for their organizations. It will also allow good water pressure to flow from fire hydrants, improving public safety, he said.

“These are important issues we need to address,” he said. 

Scotia Mayor Tom Gifford didn’t care much for the plan. 

“This is a constant theme of his where he is trying to get things out of the village,” Gifford said.

Gifford said the pressure is lower because it is a gravity fed system, so gravity is the only force pushing the water through the pipes. He said he believes this will end up costing the town more in the end. 

“To run new pipes would be crazy expensive,” he said. 

He said the town hasn’t talked to the village about potentially buying their pipes from them either, nor is he sure the older lead pipes would be able to handle the higher water pressure. 

Koetzle said the town is working on conducting an engineering study regarding the expansion. 

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