GLOVERSVILLE - The Common Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $30,000 for a study on whether to build a road accessible to future commercial development along Route 30A.
The road would be built near the site of a Walmart Supercenter off Kingsboro Avenue Extension. The store is now under construction.
The city hired engineering consulting firm Greenman-Pedersen, based in Albany. The firm will prepare the study.
City officials say the Walmart store could attract other businesses to the Route 30A corridor in the city.
Motorists would be unable to access businesses directly from Route 30A, which is a state highway.
Construction of an access road would require approval from the state Department of Transportation.
In another matter Tuesday, the city council rejected a request from the Stewart's Shop on East Fulton Street in the town of Johnstown to tie into the Gloversville-Johnstown sewer plant.
Stewart's real estate representative Chuck Marshall attended the council meeting to ask the city for permission to receive the municipal sewer service.
The city prefers to annex the property before providing sewer services.
"We'd obviously like to tie in without annexation," Marshall said at the meeting.
A possibility of repairing the septic system now being used at the 283 E. Fulton St. shop could be an option, Marshall said. This would require further research.
"This is an old subject," said Mayor Dayton King about requests from businesses to tie into the Gloversville-Johnstown wastewater treatment plant. "We need to get more for our sewer services. I don't have anything against Stewart's."
Stewart's could apply for annexation to the city.
In another sewer issue, the council decided to vote Aug. 28 on a proposed 20-cent increase per 100 cubic feet of output, in two 10-cent increments, on all residences and businesses that receive city sewer services.
City Finance Director Bruce Van Genderen told the council some of the city's sewer pipes are at least a century old. "It's not the question of if they're going to fail, it's when," Van Genderen said.
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