Town of Sullivan tables water district proposal

The Sullivan Town Board hosted a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 7 during the regular meeting to discuss the proposition of a special water district to include both Hamilton Brown and Brushnell Shore roads.

The board welcomed Syracuse area engineer John Dunkle of Dunn and Sgromo to give a presentation on the general scope of the project's costs and construction. Ten properties were represented at the meeting at the Sullivan Town Office for the hearing, out of the 27 total properties that would be ultimately affected. All residents of the area were notified of the hearing by letter, according to Town of Sullivan Supervisor John Becker.

Dunkle used a single family residence as an example to show the type of piping that would be sued. A water service, three-fourths quarter-inch or 1-inch diameter, would be installed for each property at the edge of the road, according to Dunkle. The Onondaga County Water Authority will install a water meter in the residence or in a meter pit near the road if the property is more than 150 feet away from the water line.

Dunkle explained that with the project there would be specific parameters that would be taken for each property, but that residents would be responsible for acquiring a professional plumber to hook up the new water line to the property. Even though construction would be finished and the water district's residents would have an annual cost, there could be some higher costs for the final water line connection, according to each property because of complications.

Dunkle advised the residents at the hearing that the average of the final water line connection could run from $700 to $10,000 in the case of ground issues like excessive rock in the ground. The water line connection will be dug up and placed five feet underground, Dunkle said. The cost of each resident's OCWA bill would vary among each household's water usage.

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