Sewer Board OKs bidding for project

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board recently authorized bidding for a capital project to replace manholes and repair parts of the facility’s 50-year-old main sewer pipeline between the two cities.

The board allowed the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility to begin the bidding process to improve the 19,000-foot main trunk sewer line by cleaning and relining. The line runs from Harrison Street in Gloversville to the sewage treatment plant on Union Avenue in Johnstown.

C.T. Male Associates’ engineers in October said the work may cost about $4.4 million.

Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick told the board last week such projects sometimes require a state Environmental Quality Review. But he said all that is deemed necessary for the project is a Type 2 action, which is basically “maintenance of existing equipment.”

Masick showed the board maps of work slated to be done, including on Snyder and Townsend avenues and on North Perry Street in Johnstown. He said there will also be other manhole replacements, and lining work done to the trunk sewer, right up to the sewer plant. He said the project will require some easements, which are being worked on by the facility’s attorney.

An inspection by C.T. Male found debris and grit in the flow channel, cracked pipes and some significant obstructions that restrict sewer flow. Officials said there was a buildup of material actually attached to the reinforced concrete pipe. The engineering firm identified 10 projects that should be looked at over the next several years.

The C.T. Male report stated reinforced concrete pipe and manholes are strong, but also susceptible to root penetration at joints, infiltration and inflow, and corrosion due to harsh liquid and gaseous chemicals.