JOHNSTOWN - The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility's $8 million upgrade project is under way and one of the utilities involved already is being paid a hefty fee.
Facility Wastewater Engineer Tyler Masick told the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board Wednesday night the project has started and a contractor's equipment trailer was mobilized. The company is C.O. Falter Construction Corp. of Syracuse, which being paid $3.93 million for general construction.
Masick said that firm's initial work involves the laying of pipe.
The sewage treatment plant underwent a $10 million upgrade in 2008-09. Both upgrades are designed to help the sewage treatment plant treat increased waste discharges from the expanding Greek-yogurt plant Fage USA at the Johnstown Industrial Park, as well as other area industries.
The latest upgrade will include a new stainless-steel whey tank, as well as new engines.
Masick said that part of the latest upgrade is National Grid work. The board approved a $388,600 interconnection fee payment to the utility Wednesday.
"This involves a couple of direct transfer trip switches," he said.
Facility consultant George Bevington said the facility is switching to lower voltage and there is an opening on the existing breaker for the utility to do its work.
Masick said even though the board is paying the utility for the amount specified, the facility is trying to get the cost lowered. The $388,600 fee is part of the overall $8 million upgrade cost.
Bevington said final accounting for the National Grid payment may not be done for a month or so, and it may be "adjusted" lower. He said the facility has talked to the Public Service Commission, which thinks the figure may be too high.
"We have to play by the rules of the Public Service Commission and the utility," Bevington said. "The final accounting, I would anticipate, would have some fairness come out."
Other contractors involved in the upgrade are: electrical construction - Amaha Electrical Inc. of Cohoes; engine and electrical switchgear - Milton CAT of Clifton Park; and heating and ventilation construction - Family Danz of Albany.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at email@example.com.