Newly-discovered sewer line opens options

Fulton County Planning Director Scott Henze, standing right, discusses a sewer line project in Meco at the Board of Supervisors' Public Works Committee meeting Monday at the County Office Building in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is working with the Gloversville Enlarged School District to deed over a newly discovered district sewer line to the county so the county can create a sewer district.

County Planning Director Scott Henze briefed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee Monday on the situation at the County Office Building.

Fulton County currently is proposing to create what will be known as Sewer District No. 3 in Meco. The county is working with C.T. Male Associates of Latham to update a 2008 draft map, plan and report to create the district along Route 29A.

Henze told the committee that during this recent update, it was “identified” that in the 1970s, the Gloversville Enlarged School District installed a sewer line from Meco School along County Highway 101 and eventually connected into the county’s existing line at the pump station along Route 29A.

“Right now, they have a 10-inch sewer line,” Henze said.

He said he has contacted the Gloversville superintendent to determine if the line can be deeded over to the county.

“There has been some interest in that,” Henze said.

Pending transfer of ownership of the line, he said C.T. Male Associates’ work on the map, plan and report will be finalized. Once that is done, he said the county can take the necessary steps to create the sewer district.

Henze said the county currently owns a sewer line in the Meco area – also a 10-inch line – that runs to the city limits.

Both cities in Fulton County are currently onboard with creation of Sewer District No. 3.

On June 9, 2007, letters were sent to the mayors of the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown, asking for their commitment to approve the district. The cities have provided Fulton County with resolutions committing to provide an allocation of wastewater flow for this proposed sewer district.

The two cities own and run the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility in Johnstown.