Homes flushed out of sewer proposal

JOHNSTOWN – Town officials said the proposed East Fulton Street sewer district – which was set to cover homes and businesses – will now include only businesses.

The change to the East Fulton Street Sewer District plan will be presented during a public hearing Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

According to town Councilmen Walter Lane and Daryl Baldwin, the hearing has been scheduled to review changes to the proposed system.

The changes include switching the proposed sewer system from covering homes and businesses to only businesses.

Code Enforcement Officer Ryan Fagan said a full report on changes has not been given to himself or members of the Town Council.

Originally, the project would have cost more than $800,000.

Baldwin and Lane said with the planned district now only including businesses, the cost for the district has decreased, but could not say by how much.

During a public hearing in March, residents of the proposed district had concerns about the cost, which could have reached $1,100 per year per individual for several years. The lowest estimated cost for residents was about $500 annually per individual.

Fagan said Tuesday because the new proposed district needs to be self-sufficient, residents living within the district would not need to pay.

“[Residents] will not be affected in the least,” Fagan said.

Lane said the board heard one or two residents were interested in hooking up to a sewer line, but other residents said they were not interested.

“We just decided it might be smarter to start small,” Lane said.

Joe Bianchi of MJ Engineering, the engineer who handled the original proposal, said in March the original 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 of 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. 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.

Supervisor Nancy MacVean could not be reached for comment.

Fagan said MacVean worked on the changes with a representative from the engineering firm.