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Sewer Board allows company to send contaminated water into system

November 21, 2009
By MICHAEL ANICH, The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN - The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility was given permission by the Joint Sewer Board last week to allow a local firm to dispose of 20,000 gallons of contaminated water into the cities' sewer system.

Facility Laboratory Director Joseph Cellary informed the board during an industrial compliance discussion at the plant that Falcon Petroleum on Route 67 wants permission to discharge the contaminated water into the cities' sewer system.

He said the business will first treat the water before it enters the system.

The board granted permission to Falcon Petroleum to discharge the contaminated water at a cost of 8 cents per gallon.

In other industrial compliance issues, the board approved a request for proposal from Life Science Laboratories Inc. of East Syracuse to do 2010 outside lab testing of analytical data at the sewage treatment plant. The company quoted a $4,360 lab price.

Cellary said it has been two years since the last time the sewer plant solicited quotes from an outside lab.

A request for a sewer bill adjustment for property at 11 Oakland Ave., Gloversville, was granted by the board. The credit was $161.

Facility Fiscal Officer Donna Renda noted that the board last month had tabled the Oakland Avenue request until plant Manager George Bevington could inspect. She said that Bevington found that due to frozen pipes that burst, water had largely stayed in the basement.

Bevington said a portion of the water - 10,000 of 79,000 cubic feet - had gone through the floor drain.

The board approved a new legal services agreement for the sewer plant with Miller, Mannix, Schachner & Hafner, LLC of Glens Falls at a rate of $175 per hour.

Bevington said the plant has had an ongoing agreement to use attorney Mark Schachner, who had only a one-year deal for 2009. Schachner suggested the contract now run through 2010-11, he said.

The plant will probably have spent about $10,000 for legal services by the end of the year, Bevington said.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at



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