Crews at work creating sewer district

County gauging interest in tying into district

JOHNSTOWN — Construction crews are busy at work this summer on creating Fulton County’s new sewer district in Vail Mills, officials said.

Meanwhile, the county is gauging public interest in tying into the district.

County Planning Director Scott Henze recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee that county Sewer District No. 2 is being built in the hamlet of Vail Mills.

“Work continues out there,” Henze said.

The planning official said Bellamy Construction in Schenectady began construction June 18. He said a sewer force main was completed from the Fulton County Visitor’s Center at Routes 29 and 30 to the village of Broadalbin. Work on the water treatment plant was complete. Henze said work also started on a low pressure sewer line along Bellen Road, and borings were done on Route 29.

Henze said the county is now seeking interest from the public on the new sewer district.

“We’re receiving quite a few inquiries,” he said.

The planning office mailed correspondence to all property owners that could be serviced by the sewer collection system with information on applicable costs and instructions to follow if they desire to connect in at this time.

Henze said the Planning Department is also preparing user agreements for property owners to connect into the sewer collection system.

He said a section of the Rail Trail that was closed this summer due to the project — from the visitor’s center to Second Avenue in the village of Broadalbin — was reopened Aug. 21.

Henze also reported to the committee on the proposed Fulton County sewer district involving Hales Mills Road Extension.

He said the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision advised it is willing to transfer ownership to Fulton County of the sewer lines and pump stations currently servicing the State Hale Creek Correctional Facility and the Tryon Technology Park. The county is working with the state on a transfer agreement.

Once Fulton County owns these sewer lines and pump stations, Henze said work can proceed on creating the Hales Mills Road Extension Sewer District.

Henze said the state assures that the sewer work it is doing with Fulton County is a “top priority” at this time. The county processed an Empire State Development incentive proposal for a $120,000 Consolidated Funding Application Grant awarded to the county in 2017.

“Hopefully, we’ll hear some positive news pretty soon,” Henze said.

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