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Discrepancies in water use numbers raise concerns over Victory Sports Medicine development

Village Board, citizens’ group request new SEQR determination on project

— The town board hired two companies – Plumley Engineering and C&S Companies – to examine the water usage issue as it related to extending the water district. Both companies, in reports dated March 30, 2012 and Apr. 2, 2012, respectively, declared the proposed water usage for a total 15,000 square-foot facility would not have an adverse impact on the water system, although, in the words of the Plumley report, “it does exasperate an already stressed water system with regard to fire protection.”

Both companies recommended that VSM create its own fire prevention system for the development with a “separate and distinct” water source from the water district extension, since the village water system could not handle the fire flow as proposed.

The town board, based on the engineers’ reviews, approved the water district extension request for a 15,000-square-foot facility on April 5, 2012, with the requirements that VSM’s water draw not exceed 807 gpm in order to maintain normal system pressure, and that VSM have its own fire suppression system.

The Town Planning Board voted for a negative SEQR declaration for the VSM project on Oct. 16, 2012, declaring the project would have zero to minimal environmental impact on the land and surrounding community.

The SEQR form states that the proposed Victory Campus project would have medical/athletic facilities totaling 140,000 square feet – an increase from the 15,000 total square-feet as previously stated to the village town officials – but its expected water usage remained at 6,800 gallons per day.

Village issues

Lotkowictz’s Nov. 6 letter stated that when village officials declared in early 2012 that the proposed VSM water usage would not significantly impact the village water system, they made that decision based on VSM’s October 2011 engineering study that stated the district extension would serve a total 15,000 square-foot facility at a maximum demand of 20 gpm. Since then, however, the planning board approved the project SEQR and the town board approved an extension of the town water district to the proposed VSM site, and both of those actions reveal different water usage numbers than what was reported to the village, Lotkowictz wrote.

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