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Chris Yacobucci, of LaMont Engineers, outlines the joint efficiency study area during the Canajoharie Village Board's regular meeting Tuesday.


Village discusses joint efficiency grant with MCSD

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - Updated: 9:57 AM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- During the Village Board of Canajoharie's regular meeting Tuesday, the council listened to a report by Chris Yacobucci, of LaMont Engineers, of Cobleskill, detailing a joint efficiency study being conducted by Montgomery County Sanitary District Number One and the village of Canajoharie.

The study, in its early stages, will be funded by a $35,000 local government efficiency grant awarded by the New York State Department of State. The grant requires a $3,500 match, which will be divided between the two participating entities.

Tuesday's coordination meeting, held publicly, as the MCSD and village of Canajoharie are municipal entities, was the first step in the study. The goal of the meeting was to discuss goals and objectives, to outline the study area, and review the roles and responsibilities of each participating entity. The public was also asked for their input.

The goal of the study, noted Yacobucci, is "to reduce the sewer rates for all sewer users in MCSD and the village of Canajoharie." 

The MCSD, he pointed out on a map, includes the villages of Nelliston, Palatine Bridge and Fort Plain, along with parts of the towns of Minden, Palatine and Canajoharie.

Currently, Yacobucci explained, there are some concerns. The first is the question of the Canajoharie Waste Water Treatment Facility's treatment capacity. Also, the MCSD has an inflow and infiltration issue, caused by people having sump pups, floor drains, etc., attached to the sewer system, and by inclement weather. When it rains, the flow increases significantly, and the MCSD plant is not designed to treat that problem, as it's essentially treating rain water.

The study -- for which information has already been obtained from MCSD and Canajoharie Waste Water Treatment Plant operators -- will consider three options: whether it's feasible to send all MCSD flow to the Canajoharie plant, whether the Palatine Bridge flow could be sent to the Canajoharie plant, and whether the village of Fort Plain flow can be treated at the Canajoharie facility.

The study might take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete. Yacobucci said it will take significant time to collect data. He also mentioned that the village will need to figure out what rates to charge those seeking to connect to their sewer system.

Yacobucci said it will also be necessary to determine operating costs after the current Waste Water Treatment Plant's efficiency upgrade is complete.

During the department reports, WWTP Operator Jerry Ward provided details of the upgrade, noting that a new generator is on site, and soon lines will be run to the transfer switch in the new operating gallery. The generator has to be online, he said, before a transfer from the old electrical system to the new one takes place.

The plant will also be outfitted with a 700kw transformer. The current system, a 500kw, is in the flood plane, and has been within inches of flooding numerous times.

Not only will the generator be placed on high ground, but Ward said 1/3 of the facility currently in the flood plane will be eliminated.

"Future problems with the Mohawk will impact us a lot less," Ward said.


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