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Fage looks for approvals from cities

October 16, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Fage may receive local approvals next month that will allow the yogurt maker to start a $120 million expansion at its plant in the Johnstown Industrial Park.

The company plans to double its production with a new building on the site, increasing Fage's 240-person work force by another 150 employees.

Fage is the Gloversville-Johnstown sewer plant's largest customer.

Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility consultant George Bevington said a sewer allocation agreement approved by the sewer board in September is on the fast track for approval by the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

"That is in the hands of both cities," Bevington said.

The Johnstown Common Council didn't talk about the sewer agreement at its meeting Monday, but Mayor Sarah Slingerland said today contract language is being finalized and the approval may come next month.

"It's definitely moving forward. We're in contact with Fage's attorneys," she said.

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said today his Common Council probably will take up the sewer agreement in November as well.

"Mayor Slingerland and I are on the same page on this," King said.

The sewer board last month approved a proposed 30-year allocation and capital improvement agreement. It indicates anticipated discharge allocations from Fage are allowed to increase from 127 million gallons of wastewater for 2012 to 286 million gallons by 2017.

Under the agreement, the parties agree Fage's expansion cannot be done unless certain capital improvements are undertaken to increase the wastewater processing capacity of the sewer treatment plant on Union Avenue. The sewer board is agreeing to have an engineer determine what capital improvements are needed.

The sewer board will bear all costs of the design work to be completed by December, the agreement says. The capital improvements are expected to be in the millions, although the exact amount hasn't been determined yet.

On another Fage matter, Bevington said the company's existing five- or six-year whey discharge agreement expires at the end of the year. The sewer board is considering amending the agreement and granting a two-year extension, but Bevington asked to delay approval until November.

"The agreement isn't quite ready," Bevington said.

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



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