Things appear to be pressing forward satisfactorily on the project.
Getting some of the agreements ironed out have taken a little longer than expected so we are a little behind where we hoped to be in the initial schedule. The details of the path of the sewer line are defined. We will need 164 easements. Details of the easement language have been worked out and the documents are being prepared. In late Nov or early Dec there will be a public meeting to share information with the residents. The Town will probably set up a station or two, such as the library, where residents can come to have their easement notarized to make things easy for people. The easements will probably be mailed to people, they will have 90 days to get them returned, and after that one eminent domain action will be filed if there are any that won’t cooperate.
The archeology studies have been completed and turned up nothing of note. Geotech (soil and rock borings to determine precise conditions) is about 60% complete. Ed Hernandez will be presenting the design details to the Town Board on Oct 18th. The sewer committee is working on a draft of the Town Sewer Use Law which will determine the answers to many of the questions that residents have such as “how long do I have to connect” and “ what happens if I am very far from the sewer line” or “ what do I do if I just installed a new septic system”. The Town is moving to purchase the small lot across from Carney’s and next to Stewarts for
the pump station. The O&M agreement (operations and maintenance) is being worked out with the county sewer officials so the county will assume responsibility for maintenance of the system as soon it is fired up. The Town is also close to approving another sewer district to serve the Rt 50 business area. Once the Board
approves this district, a referendum will be set up. The business community appears to be very supportive. Getting this decided promptly is important because if it goes forward the lake project will need to be modified to add capacity (pipe sizes and pump station) to support it. However, we can’t add any of this capacity unless we know for certain that the Rt 50 project is real because the incremental cost will be funded by the Rt 50 project.