Bridgeport sewers face new hurdle

With construction almost close enough to taste and after years of work by the Sullivan Town Council, the Bridgeport Sewer District faces a new hurdle: the waste water treatment plant expected to be the destiny for the BSD's output told the Sullivan Town Council last week that they won't sign off on the project until some issues are ironed out.

The news came from Mike Powell, representative for the Sylvan Beach facility where the town's East Sullivan Sewer District sewage is pumped. Powell, reporting to the council at a special meeting held March 4 to review all facets of the project, said inflows and infiltrations, also known as I&I, in the ESSD need to be isolated and corrected before the village of Sylvan Beach will consider letting the town contribute any more capacity to its facility.

Consultants say the lack of collaboration by Sylvan Beach could be detrimental to the project's funding status.

Engineer Ken Knutsen of Barton & Loguidice said one of his concerns is that the Environmental Facilities Corporation is going to want to see that Sylvan Beach is open to the project.

Powell said the town promised to address those problems a decade ago when the village gave it the OK to move ahead with the ESSD Extension.

The work was never performed.

Supervisor John M. Becker appeared incensed.

"I can't understand why, in 1977, the biggest town in Madison County didn't have its own sewer plant," Becker said. "Why'd they let the West Sullivan Sewer District go if all this was a problem?"

"Because of the upgrades to the pump stations at the same time," Powell said. "You were supposed to address I&I at that time."

Sylvan Beach has been notified by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that it has surcharged on a number of occasions, and Sylvan Beach said one of the biggest culprits is the ESSD.

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