In the long-term, Hodgson says the village has three options: replace the entire NIMO lift station; upgrade the Lake Colby pump station, which feeds into the NIMO lift; and replacing the force main along the highway.
All three options are expensive and extensive, Hodgson says, costing between $1.5 and $1.8 million.
In discussions with Village Manager John Sweeney, AES looked into a "force account" project aimed at decreasing costs. Hodgson called that option the most cost effective at about $515,000.
"A force accountant is when the village utilizes their own staff and resources to perform an installation of this nature," he said.
DEC has reviewed a report submitted by the village and AES Northeast, Hodgson said, adding that the agency supports the recommended course of action.
But a few comments must be addressed by Feb. 28, Hodgson said.
"One is a maintenance schedule for the check valve - we've discussed that with DEC and are ready to reply," he said. "Also we need mapping of the surrounding manholes with grades of all sewer lines - the state would like a more definite move toward a final design, so they're looking for some mapping to be done. And also design improvements to the NIMO pump station and surrounding infrastructure, as well as a schedule of improvements."
AES has drafted a schedule of improvements for repairs and submitted it to DEC.
Hodgson adds that the project has been scheduled in three phases, lowering the cost to the village.
The first phase of the project would focus on increasing hydraulic capacity for pump rates along the Upper Broadway sewer lines - that phase is projected to cost about $246,000.