Companies receive sewer violations

JOHNSTOWN – Five different local leather companies received notices of violation last month from the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

There were six notices filed in February, facility Laboratory Director Mark Levendusky reported to the cities’ Joint Sewer Board at a recent meeting.

Colonial Tanning Corp. of Gloversville and Simco Leather Corp. of Johnstown each received one notice of violation for exceeding their maximum, 24-hour concentrations for chromium on two occasions. The maximum monthly averages also were exceeded.

Townsend Leather Co. Inc. of Johnstown received two notices of violation for exceeding its peak instantaneous concentration for pH on two different occasions.

Wood & Hyde Leather Co. Inc. of Gloversville and Pan American Leather Inc. of Johnstown each received one notice of violation for exceeding their peak instantaneous concentrations for pH on one occasion.

In other board business, facility Fiscal Officer Donna Renda reported on two industrial compliance issues involving sewer bill protests.

The board issued a $166.67 credit to a property owner at 105 N. Arlington St., Gloversville. Renda said Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick’s investigation found a hot water tank burst, and it was eventually replaced. She said he indicated the basement of the structure had dirt and no water went into the sewer system.

Renda said a credit of $93.89 – or 50 percent relief – was also issued for property at 184 Bleecker St., Gloversville. She said the situation involved leaking pipes and Masick couldn’t quite determine what happened.

“There is no evidence water was going down the sewer,” said facility consultant George Bevington.

Bevington reported on an in-house project, in which operations staff refurbished the office of administrative aide Hilary Ruzycky. He said a ceramic floor was installed and new baseboard put in. He said indoor projects are being done during the cold weather, and Renda’s office will be done next.

“It was a nice job by the folks, nice filler job,” Bevington said.

The board passed a resolution providing a cash flow advance, Renda said. A large payment is needed for the facility’s current trunk sewer main rehabilitation project. A total of $200,000 was transferred from a capital and equipment reserve account to the facility’s general fund. Renda said that eventually money will be put back in the equipment reserve as revenues come in.

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