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County planners give update on sewer district

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Department is receiving more positive signs from the state for the potential transfer of needed sewer infrastructure to the county for future development.

Department consultant James Mraz recently reported to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee on proposed Fulton County Sewer District No. 4, involving Hales Mills Road Extension.

“We’re getting progress from the state,” Mraz said.

In a report to the committee, Mraz said the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is now willing to transfer ownership and sewer lines and pump stations servicing the Hale Creek Correctional Facility and the Tryon Technology Park to Fulton County. He said the state is drafting an agreement to transfer ownership.

“That would lead to the creation of that sewer district,” Mraz said.

He said Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park has begun work on a map, plan and report for creating the new sewer district. It was noted the report work could be completed in a couple months.

In another matter involving Tryon, Mraz said a cutover from an old electric system owned by the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency to the new electric system owned by National Grid at Tryon occurred July 14. Frontier Communications was on the site July 23 to complete the new communication service.

In other sewer matters, the committee learned a construction project for Fulton County Sewer District No. 2 in Vail Mills is complete.

Planning Director Scott Henze on July 3 sent informational correspondence to all property owners that have the ability to connect to the sewer collection system, but haven’t done so yet.

As a result, the Planning Department received two new requests for connections from: A vacant property along Bellen Road and the Howard Hannah property on Route 30.

Henze is coordinating connection efforts with the village of Broadalbin.

The Planning Department also reported on a Route 30/30A sewer preliminary feasibility study that is included within the 2020 county capital plan.

Henze and Environmental Design Partnership continue to work on base mapping to determine existing and future sewer demands based upon land use and zoning.

Henze and the firm met July 21 with a core group to present work done to date.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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