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Village to attempt to secure consolidated grant funding for sewer study

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - Updated: 9:00 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE — During Tuesday's Village Board of Canajoharie meeting, the council unanimously approved a motion to apply for a local efficiency grant in coordination with Montgomery County Sewer District number one, which would, if received, provide funding to execute a study regarding the needs of each service area, detailing whether consolidation of services is feasible.

The combined entities will request $50,000 from the LGE grant program — $25,000 for each entity, with each providing a 10 percent cash match in the amount of $2,500 if the application is approved.

The need to apply for the consolidated grant funding, said Mayor Francis Avery, is to see if it's feasible for MCSD #1 to transfer sludge to Canajoharie, "because we have excess capacity, and they do not."

The goal of the study would be to find ways to reduce municipal expenses while increasing local efficiency for the 850 property owners that utilize the sewer service in the village, and $1,264 property owners in MCSD #1 (which contains users in Palatine, Fort Plain, Nelliston, Minden and Canajoharie).

The facilities are located in close proximity to one another, and the Canajoharie plant is presently engaged in a capital improvement project aimed at increasing the efficiency of the existing plant, while decreasing cost to users.

The concept of regionalized wastewater treatment was already evaluated, to an extent, in a study prepared in 2010 as a result of Beech-Nut's move from the village.

The study, should it be funded, will evaluate the sewer services provided by each entity, identifying future wastewater needs of each service area, exploring opportunities for regional delivery of sewer services on a cost benefit/value basis, then providing an evaluation of the results with recommendations.

The board accepted the resolution, authorizing MCSD #1 Chairman Brian Sweet to move forward with the application process for the 2012/2013 program year. MCSD #1 will vote to approve the consolidated application two weeks from Tuesday's meeting, noted Avery.

     

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