Village, town coordinate on water system

— Part of the reason the town joined in the application was its upcoming tie-in to the village water system. The town decided to tie-in to the village water system due to an unfunded federal mandate forcing municipalities to cover or discontinue use of any open reservoirs by Jan. 1, 2013. The town currently has two uncovered reservoirs that would cost about $1 million to cover, Roney said.

The town currently buys its water from the village. That water is treated, piped to the village storage tower, and, for Water District No. 1, run into the town’s reservoirs. The new setup will leave the water in the village tanks and close the reservoirs. The other water districts in the town do not use the reservoirs.

The Onondaga County Health Department and EPA already approved these plans.

Roney said the town tie-in just made sense, considering the large cost to cover the reservoirs. But she added that without the reservoirs the town and village should look at building a new water tank elsewhere as a joint village-town project.

“Long term, as a community, we need to come up with long range plans for the entire water system,” Roney said.

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert E. Antonacci did an independent study of the town and village water operations and found that the tie-in was the best use of the water system “short of a total consolidation,” Hubbard said. “We are doing the best job for rate payers under the current setup; the county comptroller proved that with the study.”

Also at the meeting, the board:

—Approved the asbestos abatement bid award to Jupiter Environmental Systems of Rochester for the new village hall building. The board directed Village Attorney Michael J. Byrne to issue a “notice to proceed” to the company to begin the work.

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