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Officials meet to discuss tapping into city infrastructure for sewer

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County and its engineering firm have been meeting with Glove Cities officials to discuss how to tap into city infrastructure to expand sewer service off Routes 30 and 30A.

County Planning Director Scott Henze reported on the Route 30/30A sewer preliminary feasibility study at a recent Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee meeting.

“Hopefully, we have that done by the end of the year,” Henze said of the study – part of the county’s 2020 Capital Plan.

Henze said that last month, Environmental Design Partnership of Clifton Park met with the departments of works of the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown to discuss Routes 30 and 30A connection into the cities’ infrastructure.

The county Planning Department previously prepared an agreement with Environmental Design Partnership to do the study. County officials also previously met with the firm to determine the best route for a sewer line and existing municipal and private wastewater treatment systems along the route.

Henze said Environmental Design Partnership coordinated with Chazen Engineering regarding the village of Mayfield’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“The village of Mayfield in the early 1990s was under a consent order by the state that they had to create a sewer infrastructure for the village,” he recounted.

He said Mayfield eventually did a design for a sand filtration sewer plant, deciding to create its own plant.

Henze said office received and reviewed wastewater collection and transmission engineering plans prepared by C.T. Male and Associates in 1995 to send wastewater flow from the village to the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility on Union Avenue in the city of Johnstown.

The planning director and Environmental Design Partnership met with others Sept. 25 to discuss new information and the proposed final feasibility study, Henze said.

Also mentioned during Henze’s report was the U.S. Census 2020 Initiative. Henze said Fulton County has had a roughly 55.5 to 58 percent response rate. The New York state response rate has averaged about 63.5 percent. Henze said Fulton County’s response rate in 2010 — the last time there was a full census — was about 65 to 67 percent.

The last day to be counted this year was Sept. 30.

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

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