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Grant funding being sought

JOHNSTOWN — Grant funding is being sought for a thermal sludge dryer to greatly improve treatment processes at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Facility Manager Wallace Arnold recently updated the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board on the sludge dryer project.

He said he is working to secure grant funding for installation of the dryer. The driver is estimated to cost over $8 million. Arnold said funds have been made available for the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act. The act authorizes the New York State Environmental Facilities Corp., or EFC, to provide grants to assist municipalities in funding water quality infrastructure and sewage treatment works projects.

Arnold said the EFC requires an engineering report as part of the application process to determine if the proposed project is eligible for financial assistance. He said Arcadis of New York Inc. can provide the engineering report for a cost of $5,000 based on a modified energy efficiency study completed by Arcadis in March 2020 under the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s FlexTech Program.

In addition, Arnold said he is working to complete a Community Development Block Grant application.

The board approved a resolution to advertise for a public hearing for the thermal sludge dryer.

Arnold noted he visited both Glove Cities mayors to review the proposed sludge dryer project. He said the city of Johnstown submitted a letter of commitment to be included in grant applications.

The board authorized Arnold to execute a $5,000 professional services agreement for Arcadis of New York Inc. to prepare an engineering report for submittal to the EFC. The report will determine if a proposed recommendation for sludge drying equipment at the sewage treatment plant is eligible for financial assistance.

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