Town weighs sewer district

JOHNSTOWN- The town will have a workshop at 5 p.m. today to talk about a possible sewer district around East Fulton Street near the Gloversville city line.

The sewer district would involve the construction of a septic tank and the extension of sewer lines from it to serve several businesses – including the Stewart’s convenience store on East Fulton Street – and possibly residents.

The district may include an area along East Fulton Street to Route 30A and part of Myrtle Avenue. The septic tank would be built behind the property of the former Loblaws store on East Fulton Street.

Joe Bianchi, manager of MJ Engineering Group, said construction would take 65 weeks. The project could cost more than $900,000.

Bianchi said those who want the sewer services would have to pay to connect to the system.

“You would provide the sewer at the property line and the individual use, if it is an occupied house or a residence, it is their responsibility to disconnect from whatever they are using and connecting to what we are providing,” Bianchi told the Town Board recently.

Town Board member Walter Lane said he was told it may be a good time to begin work on the project now that construction of a CVS Pharmacy at East Fulton Street and Route 30A has begun.

Town officials it may be possible to add on to the sewer system later.

Bianchi said project funding could come from state or federal sources. “There are opportunities, but it is very competitive right now,” he said.

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