Town of Johnstown considers cost for sewer district

JOHNSTOWN – A proposed new sewer district in the town could cost users between $500 to $1,100 a year, according to information presented Monday to the Town Board.

Joe Bianchi, an engineer with MJ Engineering, spoke with members of the Town Board about the potential cost of a new sewer district.

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

Bianchi said construction would take 65 weeks. The project, according to a study given to the board, is projected to cost close to $887,000. The rates for users, which could be between $500 to $1,100 per year, are based on potential construction costs, he said.

“There are other options out there, there are other flow rates to extrapolate,” Johnstown Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Fagan said.

Fagan said the worst case scenario, $1,100 per year, would be if the town had to pay everything, from engineering a very site specific waste management system to rebuilding roads after laying down sewer pipes. The lower cost would be if things go according to plan, with grants and other funding coming in.

Bianchi said with road construction expected on Route 29A, it would be a good idea for town officials to speak with the state Department of Transportation to see if their crews could work together.

Supervisor Nancy MacVean said she will speak with the developers of the new CVS Pharmacy on Route 29A to see if they would like to hook up to the system.

MacVean noted the Stewart’s Shop on Route 29A was interested in receiving sewer services from Gloversville.

However, Gloversville wished to annex the property before extending any services.

“I think its a shame we have to go through this because the city won’t share services,” MacVean said.

According to environmental information provided by MJ Engineering, the location has no endangered life, wetlands, cultural resources or anything that could impede the sight.

Bianchi said the soil is fine and sandy, which is good for a sewer system.

“It’s very conducive for what you want to do here,” Bianchi said.

Bianchi said the proposed district, as it currently stands, contains six single-family homes, one two-family home, 16,700 square feet of supermarket, three gas stations and 13,000 square feet of commercial or multi-use space. Three vacant buildings and several parcels of undeveloped land also are in the district

“Once we knew the current make up, we asked ourselves, what is the potential for those vacant lots?” Bianchi said

Bianchi said development, if it used all the available space, could reach upwards of 25 single-family homes and several pieces of commercial space.

Bianchi said if the sewer district was developed to serve residences and businesses currently in place, sewage could flow at 8,000 gallons per day with a peak use of 16,000 gallons per day.

However, he said if the area is developed fully, the sewage could flow at 19,000 gallons per day with a peak use of 38,000 gallons per day.

A public meeting to discuss the district will be set at a later date, Fagan said.