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Plans for a new sewer plant discussed

ELIZABETHTOWN - A public hearing on the creation of the new sewer district preceded the March monthly Elizabethtown Town Board meeting. Sixteen people attended the hearing and many questions were asked. Two engineers from the engineering firm of Barton & Loguidice, which designed the proposed sewage treatment plant, were there to answer questions. They showed a map of the proposed sewer district, which encompasses the current water district for the village of Elizabethtown.

Three sites have been proposed for the sewer plant. The cost per household unit for sewage service is projected to be $362 a year. A copy of the project plan is available in the town hall. The Public Hearing lasted 1 hour and fifteen minutes. There was a short recess before the regular meeting began.

The town board voted to establish the town as the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review, which is required by the state for the sewage project. They also created Sewer District No. 1 for the village area and authorized the first draw down from the 1 million dollar grant that the town received for the develop of the sewage project. This money will be used to pay off the $50,000 bond and interest that the town used to pay for the planning portion of the project.

New business brought up included a request by the County Clerk that residents renew driver's licenses, vehicle registrations and passports here in Elizabethtown rather than mailing forms to Albany or doing them online. Essex County receives no portion of the fee if renewals are done directly with the state. However, 12.5 percent of the fee stays in Essex County if renewals are done in person at the DMV or by mailing them to 7559 Court Street, P.O. Box 247, Elizabethtown, NY 12932.

The County Clerks office is also offering a US Passport workshop for those who want to apply for a passport. Starting June 1, 2009 anyone traveling into Canada will need a passport to reenter the US.

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