Cheese plant’s contract approved

JOHNSTOWN – The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on Wednesday approved a new 10-year whey pretreatment contract with Johnstown Industrial Park cheese manufacturer Euphrates Inc.

The deal was among five pieces of action undertaken by the board involving contracts or bids.

Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick told the board Euphrates’ current whey contract expires at the end of the year.

He said the sewage treatment plant proposed a 10-year contract at 2 1/2 cents per gallon, and Euphrates is “happy” with the agreement.

“They would like to connect to our force main,” Masick said.

The board approved Euphrates’ connection to the force main, as well as the 10-year contract.

In other contracts, the board approved a two-year sludge contract renewal with the St. Johnsville Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Masick said the municipal treatment plant has been bringing its sludge to the Glove Cities facility for about 10 years.

Fiscal Officer Donna Renda said St. Johnsville uses the facility about twice a year.

Facility consultant George Bevington said St. Johnsville brings about 273 gallons of sludge annually – about a $12,000 to $13,000 annual contract for the sewer plant.

The board authorized a one-year contract extension to purchase dry polymer with the Slack Chemical Company of Saratoga Springs at $1.87 per pound.

The board also authorized seeking bids for two chemicals.

The facility is looking for a two-year contract with a firm for aluminum chlorohydrate and a one-year contract with a firm for sodium hydroxide.

Masick said the chemicals are used at the facility to pretreat dairy waste.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at