Two sewer systems have ’18 target date

JOHNSTOWN — Sewer collection systems for Fulton County’s two biggest development areas — the recent beneficiary of hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding — are targeted for completion by the end of next year.

As part of the county’s ongoing Smart Waters initiatives, two major projects are the Vail Mills and Hales Mills development areas.

Supervisors have set a $1.3 million sewer project for the Vail Mills area, and a $600,000 sewer project for the Hales Mills area in the county’s 2018 capital plan.

The state on Dec. 13 awarded Consolidated Funding Application funding for both projects. The award announcement indicated the Vail Mills development area is receiving $250,000, and the Hales Mills development area is receiving $120,000.

County Planning Director James Mraz said Thursday that work toward creating both development areas will likely consume most of 2018. He said both should be completed “by the end of” 2018.

“For Vail Mills, the project is constructing a sewer collection system,” Mraz said.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors in October authorized a $50,000 contract with Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park, N.Y. to prepare design plans and specifications for that system.

Mraz said that work is currently “in the works.”

The county “early next year” will be looking to create a new sewer district in conjunction with the Vail Mills project, he said. Bids will be completed in 2018 for construction of the sewer collection system, he said.

The plan is to create a sewer collection system and sewer district in an area around Routes 29 and 30 in Vail Mills, a hamlet that lies in the town of Mayfield. The Vail Mills development area proposal shows 455 acres, with 60 residential lots. It would include: 50,000 square feet of retail space, 132,000 square feet of commercial office space, adult senior housing. single family homes and apartments, as well as a potential 72-room hotel, with greenspace and park land.

State Sen. Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, on Nov. 13 joined Fulton County officials Monday to announce $300,000 in state grant infrastructure funding his office secured for the Vail Mills development area project. The grant will construct 5,000 linear feet of sewer trunk main from the village of Broadalbin’s existing wastewater treatment plant to connect to the Route 29/30 intersection along with the construction of a wastewater pump station.

The system will be a gravity system that will flow to a pump station that will be placed near the Visitor Center. Wastewater will be pumped from there to the village of Broadalbin’s wastewater treatment plant.

Mraz said the Hales Mills area will undergo a similar sewer project.

County officials hope to bring much commercial development to some of the 490 acres off Hales Mills Road Extension. Also proposed is 120 residential lots, mixed-use developments, townhouses and a two-mile walking trail.

Environmental Design Partnership determined a sewer system and pump station on Route 29 have excess capacity. The plan is for the county to gain access to existing sewer lines, and create a county sewer district for the Hales Mills Road development area.

Fulton County is also trying to create a proposed Sewer District No. 2 for the development area. The county is trying to gain ownership of sewer lines going to the Hale Creek State Correctional Facility and the Tryon Technology Park.

Mraz noted the Hales Mills development area already had a water project completed this summer. It was a more-than $700,000 Hales Mills Road Extension waterline project. The project installed about 6,075 linear feet of a new 12-inch water main, hydrants, valves and borings under Route 29.

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on March 13 established the county’s second water district, which will serve the Hales Mills Road Extension area from the city of Gloversville to the town of Johnstown.

County officials hope to attract new housing, commercial and retail ventures, and grow the tax base while creating jobs and improving quality of life. The county is trying to establish public water services along the road to build on retail develop