Town eyes sewer, water district near Supercenter

JOHNSTOWN – The town is eyeing a new sewer and water district to serve new development in the town around the new Walmart Supercenter.

C.T. Male Managing Engineer Chad Kortz presented the Town Board with a preliminary report and a proposal regarding a new sewer and water district that would be established around the new Walmart, which is off South Kingsboro Avenue Extension in Gloversville.

Ryan Fagan, the town’s code enforcement officer, said this new sewer and water district would provide the infrastructure needed for further developments around the area.

Kortz said the two sections of the proposal, one for a sewer district and one for a water district, were given to the board. The boundaries of the two projects are exactly the same, Kortz said, though different in cost and setup.

The rough boundaries of the project includes land along Route 67, land east of the existing water district along Route 29, Hales Mills Road, the intersection of Route 30A, southeast along Steele Avenue and eastward along Route 349.

“One of the unique things about the water district is there is an existing intermunicipal agreement with the town of Johnstown [and Gloversville],” Kortz said.

The agreement means Gloversville would pay to place the water line around Hales Mills Extension, he said.

“The agreement does not say anything about the other roads in that boundary,” Kortz said.

Kortz said the report included individual costs.

However, a copy of the report was not available for the public at the meeting Monday.

Town attorney Cathi Radner said costs would not be released until the board had an opportunity to read the report.

Walter Lane, a member of the Town Board, said the project was not set in stone. Further proposals and discussion would be needed before it could be approved by the Town Board, he said.

Many officials in Fulton County have said they expect more development in the area around the Supercenter.

Gloversville and the town agreed any new commercial developments along Hales Mills Road will have access to city sewer and water service.

Town Supervisor Nancy MacVean and Gloversville Mayor Dayton King co-signed a letter to the roughly 20 town residents who own property there saying they have access to water and sewer services.

King said he sees the need to work together and to have more businesses in the area to spur more growth.

According to the inter-municipal agreement, Gloversville will charge users of water in the town water district or city permissive-use area a rate of double the in-city rate. There are also cooperation provisions that asks the town to support any grant or load application filed by the city to obtain funding to construct the water lines on Hales Mills Road Extension, as well as adopting any necessary regulations for safe water services requested by the city.

Gloversville, though, would need to support the town’s enforcement efforts, and any fines will be the property of the town. Gloversville would receive restitution and fees imposed for damage, however.

The cooperative development agreement also contains revenue sharing provisions. These provisions include jointly convening a development process team to review a proposed development and determine what services will be provided by the city. The development team also will work to identify the potential sales tax, property tax and other municipal revenue streams that could be generated. Gloversville and the town may enter a development agreement for any covered property getting city services. The city would then receive 60 percent of sales-tax revenues and 60 percent of real property-tax revenues from those covered properties.

Different project

In June, the town learned a different proposed sewer district could cost users $500 to $1,100 a year.

That district may include an area along East Fulton Street to Route 30A and part of Myrtle Avenue. A septic tank would be built behind the property of the former Loblaws store on East Fulton Street.

The project, according to a study given to the board, is projected to cost close to $887,000. The rates for users, which could be between $500 to $1,100 per year, are based on potential construction costs, he said.

A public meeting to discuss that proposed district will need to be set.