Board continues sewer district discussions

JOHNSTOWN – Town board members are contemplating further changes to the purposed Fulton Street sewer district following comments at a public hearing during a March board meeting.

On Monday, Town Supervisor Nancy MacVean suggested setting up another public hearing regarding the sewer district. During the public hearing held in March, many residents of the district were concerned about the costs of the district.

In total, the project would cost more than $800,000. The cost for sewer district residents to build the system could be as much as $1,100 per year per individual for several years. The lowest estimated cost for residents is about $500 annually per individual. However, any possible changes to this plan could change how those costs are spread out.

“The last formal hearing, we didn’t hear anybody that was for the district,” town board member Jim Westover said.

Westover said he also was concerned if the district could gain businesses to join the district.

The planned district would go down East Fulton Street to Route 30A, and would include part of Myrtle Avenue.

A septic tank would be built behind the property of the former Loblaw’s store on East Fulton Street, along with pipelines spread throughout the district.

Joe Bianchi of MJ Engineering, the engineer handling the proposal, said in March the proposed district, according to county records, contains six single-family homes, one two-family home, 16,700 square feet of the former Loblaw’s, a couple 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.

Beth Schloicka, town board member, suggested the board invite the business owners for a discussion on the district.

“Let’s ask them if they want to pursue it, with the understanding that they would be accepting in all the costs,” Schloicka said.

Daryl Baldwin suggested they get the precise cost before a discussion with the meetings.

The board said they would sit down and discuss the district further before the board comes to a consensus.

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