Solutions offered to Lysander neighborhood's sewage problem

A 12--year resident of Whispering Oaks who asked to remain anonymous said homeowners there are furious about the entire situation. To-be residents were told that the houses they purchased were hooked up to a public sewer, not a community septic system.

"We were lied to," the source said. "We didn't design it, we didn't build it, but we're being punished for it. The town hasn't done a thing, the bill keeps getting higher, and now the DEC is fining us. We're between a rock and a hard place, and nothing is even getting done yet."

Rich Lesniak, County Legislator, said, "It's really more of a funding issue than one of capacity."

He later said, "I'm trying to mediate. If the county will only permit the sewer to go down 370, we'll have scour every funding source for money."

Deputy County Executive Jean Smiley confirmed that the county prefers to connect to 370 as the 2010 plan originally intended, but it would "like to help mitigate the costs to homeowners and make it a viable option."

Possible funding sources include the Environmental Facilities Corporation, the Water Quality Grant program, the DEC Water Protection Fund and even federal stimulus money.

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