Canastota: Mayor gives WWTP update

A one-year extension to begin upgrades on the Waste Water Treatment Plant will give engineers time to evaluate the plant to see what it's capable of, according to Mayor Todd Rouse.

"Based on the [state Department of Environmental Conservation) consent order, engineers can look at the plant from a design point with all the facts," Rouse said.

At the meeting Jan. 22, Rouse said there are three main segments of the plants upgrades: the financial aspects, the design and environmental issues. He said engineers can look back on the history of the existing plant.

"The plant's clarigesters are a big piece and expense," Rouse said. He said the clarigesters could be half of the $20 million estimated price tag of the project.

He said what the village will probably do is work with the DEC to get permission to push the plant way beyond its limit to see how much it can take. Not so much that it won't recover, he said, but [engineers] have a firm belief that the plant could be rated for more than it's rated.

"It will tell us how far," Rouse said. "We can try and get the DEC to give us a higher rating."

Rouse said the January report for the plant is on file at the village office. He said the new heat exchanger had been installed and a return pump had been rebuilt.

In the meantime, Rouse said village crews will continue to look for areas where storm water is getting into the sewer system.

In other news

The board accepted an annual quote of $670 from the Power Generation and Industrial Engines firm out of Bridgeport for preventative maintenance of two generators, pending a final agreement with the town of Lenox.

The board approved the membership of Joseph Damiano and Joseph Kopnitsky to the Forbes Hose Company of the Canastota Volunteer Fire Department.

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