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Progress being made in sewer district

The village of Broadalbin held its regular meeting on Tuesday. Shown from the left is Trustee David Jennings, Trustee Mario Cristaldi and Mayor Lawrence Cornell. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

BROADALBIN — Progress has been made in the formation of the Vail Mills sewer district as some connections have been made, according to officials.

The village Board of Trustees gave an update on the Vail Mills sewer district during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

In June 2018, the village approved an intermunicipal agreement between the village and Fulton County for the formation of the Vail Mills sewer district, and work for that has been underway.

“We finally have some Vail Mills connections happening here,” said Trustee David Jennings.

Jennings said Fastrac was completed on Jan. 28 and Adirondack Harley Davidson was connected on Feb. 3.

He said Dunkin Donuts, however, needs to revise their septic tank into a grease trap plan.

Jennings said pump stations throughout the village have been checked twice weekly for routine maintenance. The Vail Mills station has been checked daily until the village Department of Public Works Superintendent Marshall Dawson says it’s satisfactory. He has an app on his phone that allows him to get notifications if any issues arise.

In other news, Mayor Lawrence Cornell gave an update on the plans for the $2.8 million water tower replacement project. The tower is 90 years old, and Cornell has said in the past the replacement of the tower is “overdue.”

Cornell said soil testing has to be done first before final designs can be done.

“I expect we’re going to get something soon, and if we do then we need to move it along so [the contractor] can continue with the planning,” he said.

The village received a $1.6 million grant in November 2018 through the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act and Intermunicipal Grant programs from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Broadalbin’s water tower replacement project was one of 14 project within the Mohawk Valley awarded grants.

Helping them to secure the grant was grant writer Julie Benzo, of Benzo Consulting.

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