Study to be performed on trunk lines

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday authorized a nearly $40,000 agreement with a Clifton Park firm to perform an infiltration and inflow study of the Glove Cities’ sewer trunk lines.

The work is part of a massive, proposed multi-million dollar sewer infrastructure plan that could eventually involve construction from Northville, south to Johnstown, to allow more Fulton County homes and businesses access to municipal sewer service.

Supervisors on Monday at the County Office Building authorized a $38,200 agreement with Environmental Design Partnership to do an infiltration and inflow study of sewer trunk lines currently serving the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown.

“This part of our SMART Waters initiative would be an amendment to our 2021 capital plan,” said county Administrative Officer Jon Stead.

Fulton County’s 2020 capital plan included a $75,000 appropriation to develop a Route 30 Sewer Preliminary Feasibility Study as a component of the ongoing SMART Waters initiative.

The Board of Supervisors earlier this year authorized a contract with Environmental Design Partnership to prepare a study for extension of sanitary sewer along Route 30/30A in the towns of Northampton, Mayfield and Johnstown. In a separate resolution later, the board endorsed the “concept” of a sanitary sewer construction project along the Route 30/30A corridor.

Work approved Monday will involve a detailed infiltration and inflow study of the cities’ trunk lines to see if they can support a future Route 30/30A corridor project.

The potential 15-mile infrastructure project envisions sewer services along a corridor that might stretch from the village of Northville-town of Northampton area, south through Mayfield and Gloversville, and eventually to the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility in Johnstown.

The sewer infrastructure project has been discussed since 2012 through SMART Waters. But local officials are particularly excited now to try to tap into state and federal dollars, as infrastructure is being discussed greatly on the federal level.

Environmental Design Partnership determined there exists about 1,800 properties in the study area through Northville and Mayfield that could be serviced with new sewer infrastructure. Taking away wetlands and with other factors, there is realistically about 1,600 EDUs, or Equivalent Domestic Units that could be served. These include homes, restaurants and other businesses. The number of EDUs over a 20-year period could be increased to 2,800.

The village of Mayfield in 2019 hired a firm to look at its plant, and a $5.7 million upgrade was listed as an option. The town of Northampton 30-year plant at Sacandaga Park is at capacity and may cost $300,000 to replace.

Environmental Design Partnership determined there may be as much as $20.7 million in potential funding available for a local infrastructure project estimated to cost in the range of $29 million. Some of the project may involve decommissioning the Mayfield sewer plant, albeit a pump station may need to be put in.

A survey would be needed of residents and businesses along the corridor to determine the level of support. Most upgrades would probably occur in the next five years.

About 1.5 million gallons per day of wastewater might eventually be pumped along the corridor.


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