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Town reflects on lake sanitation

Vacuum sewer system proposed for lakeside residents

Aerial drawings were created to illustrate characteristics of the proposed vacuum-sewer system that would encompass Cazenovia Lake. Representatives from AIRVAC estimate the project would cost about $4.6 million, and drastically improve the lake’s water quality.

Aerial drawings were created to illustrate characteristics of the proposed vacuum-sewer system that would encompass Cazenovia Lake. Representatives from AIRVAC estimate the project would cost about $4.6 million, and drastically improve the lake’s water quality.

— The town will need a 51-percent majority of the assessed value of these beneficiary residences to install a sewer system. This means that the more assessed value a property has, the more “say” its owner has in deciding if the town will install a sewer system around the lake.

Monforte is also looking to distribute a survey to residents in the proposed Cazenovia Lake sewer and water district to gauge public support for the project, and better understand the cost tolerances of residents.

Monforte, a lakeside resident himself, believes that there is a clear need to install a vacuum sewer system. “Septic is adding all the nutrients needed to grow hardy, invasive plant species that we’re spending a lot of money trying to get rid of,” said Monforte.

Monforte said the next step in this project will be to find the official preliminary cost of the project, “That means officially hiring an engineering company to go out, walk the properties and land… and figure out what the most efficient ways are to [place sewer lines] in the area.”

According to Monforte, it might take up to two years for construction to begin and then another year to 18 months to finish construction.

“We have a phased in plan, we want to go up and around the east side first, and then down to the south-west side. Those are the easiest areas to install, they’ve got the flattest land, the properties are closer to the road and the density is higher, so the costs can be recouped quicker,” Monforte said.

Andrew Casler is a freelance journalist for Eagle Newspapers. He graduated Cazenovia High School in 2007 and Ithaca College in 2011 with a degree in journalism. He can be reached through the editor, at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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