Gloversville approves sewer bond

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council approved a resolution to bond up to $2.1 million for construction at the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Plant.

During the July 24 meeting, the Common Council unanimously approved the serial bond resolution to reconstruct the post aeration tank and construct an ultraviolet disinfection system, including the construction of a new building, at the joint wastewater treatment facility at a cost of up to $2.1 million in a roll call vote.

The wastewater treatment facility was awarded a $1.1 million Water Quality Improvement Project grant by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to offset the cost once construction is complete.

The wastewater facility board awarded a $1.8 million general construction contract to BCI Construction Inc. of Albany and a $175,000 electrical construction contract to Spring Electric Inc. of Averill Park for the project earlier this year.

Treatment plant manager Wallace Arnold approached the council in April 2017 regarding the facility’s need to install an operational UV disinfection system by spring 2019 as mandated by the DEC.

Under the facility’s State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, the DEC is requiring the addition of the disinfection system to treat liquid waste that is discharged to rid it of bacteria. The useful life of the project is estimated at 40 years.

The Common Council debated whether the responsibility to bond for the project should instead fall on the city of Johnstown, however joint wastewater Board Chairman, and 6th Ward Councilman, Wrandy Siarkowski said during the June 26 meeting that Johnstown currently holds $10 million in bonding for the facility while Gloversville holds only $2 million.

Each of the two cities own 50 percent of the treatment plant and are responsible for 50 percent of facility maintenance and project costs. Costs relating to city specific infrastructure, such as sewer main breaks, are the responsibility of the individual city.

The facility treats all wastewater generated by the residents of Gloversville and Johnstown and about 100 users outside the limits of the two cities.