Sewers and lake health: What is the connection?

From Cazenovia Town Councilor Moran

Alternatives for managing wastewater

Our town engineer, John Dunkle, of Dunn & Sgromo, was tasked with identifying appropriate technologies and costs associated with extending sewers into unsewered areas. Many shoreline residents responded to an opinion survey last spring. Based on this input, and discussions with the village, Dunkle expanded the scope of his efforts to include supplying public water in addition to sewers into certain areas.

Dunkle was the primary speaker at the Cazenovia Lake Association annual meeting in late August. At this well-attended meeting, he explained that the provision of sewer and water infrastructure around the lake shoreline is not a “one-size-fits-all” proposition.

Because of density, distances and topography, he evaluated options for providing services to four unique areas. The details of his presentation can be reviewed on the town’s website, townofcazenovia.org. The four target areas are: Northeast Lake, West Lake, Overlook Terrace and Owahgena Terrace.

In order to manage such a large project, which will involve detailed evaluation of many parcels, the town board is considering proceeding in stages. Our hope is that the success of the first district will help the remaining property owners make this important decision to move forward.

Four potential districts

The Cazenovia Town Board has agreed that the logical first district to be created would be the Northeast Lake Sewer and Water District. This district would enable extending public sewer and water service to approximately 134 properties on East Lake Road, North Lake Road, Mark Lane, Allen Drive, Cazenovia Terrace and Christian Drive.

An additional 28 properties on East Lake Road from Wright Road to Hoffman Road, already connected to the sewer, would be served by public water as part of this district.

The engineer’s preliminary costs estimates for the Northeast Lake Sewer and Water District are $2.6 million for sewers, and $1.7 million for water. If the combined water and sewer projects are financed at 3 percent interest, Dunkle estimated that it will cost each property owner approx. $160 per month (for the 20-year financing option), or approx. $120 per month (for the 30-year financing option).

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