Sewer work eyed

NORTHAMPTON – Repairs to the town’s sewer system are expected to begin this fall, officials said.

Supervisor James Groff said the town will be replacing old sewer lines near McKinley Avenue Extension in the town.

The sewer lines, a part of the Sacandaga Park sewer system, will be replaced, costing roughly $90,000.

The work will be paid for with a grant the town received from the Department of Environmental Conservation several years ago. Groff said the money was set to expire, so the town moved forward with repairs.

Groff said the section being repaired would service one restaurant and mainly vacation homes. McKinley Avenue Extension is located behind Vic’s Tavern and runs toward Sport Island Pub.

Repairs are expected to begin in September, and last less than a month.

Many sewer lines throughout the system need to be replaced, he said.

“[The sewer system] is in need of a lot of work,” Groff said.

The lines, which were put in during the 1890s, date back to the time of the FJ&G Railroad that ran into Northville, he said.

Groff estimated the cost to repair the entire sewer system would be more than $2.5 million.

The system is not large, Groff said, with few customers, but it requires a lot of work

Ivar Anderson, a Town Board member, said due to the limited number of customers, it would be impractical to get a bond for the work. The board looked into getting a bond two or three years ago, he said, but the rates would lead to residents of the district paying up to $14,000 a household per year.

Groff said the board will continue to look for funding to replace other portions of the sewer system.

Town Clerk Elaine Mihalik said about 200 people are hooked into the sewer system.