Elizabethtown water project faces restructuring

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley.

Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Elizabethtown will seek solutions to the lack of state funding available for the Elizabethtown sewer project.

After learning from local officials the $8.5 million the town seeks for the completion of it’s sewer system project has been drastically trimmed, Bartley has asked project contractors Barton & Loguidice to construct three new water districts.

“We’re moving forward and looking at smaller designs,” Bartley said. “If we can put in the core system now and still build more in the future when more money is available, we can expand more easily.”

Barton & Loguidice designed three prospective plans to create a smaller sewer system for the town.

Design A would connect everything on the west side of Court Street from the Arsenal Inn Restaurant to the bus garage. Bartley said it would connect about 20 users, including Elizabethtown Community Hospital, the Essex County Government Center and the Horace Nye Nursing Home. The cost of the first design would be between $2 million and $3 million.

Design B would connect both sides of Court Street and include Hand Ave. The cost of the second design would be roughly $4 million.

Design C would be a combination of the first two and extend the sewer system to Park Street and to residents on Hillcrest Ave.

The redesigned plans will exclude River and Water Streets due to the increased cost of pumping uphill.

At the town’s monthly meeting March 20, Bartley announced the state funding for the proposed Elizabethtown town sewer system now falls short of the needed $8.5 million for the project’s completion. State officials can only offer the town of Elizabethtown $1 million for the projects completion, and the money could only be used for connecting low income housing to an existing system.

“They said the state has $18 million for all sewer and water projects,’ Bartley said. “You need $8.5 million, we have $18 million for the entire state. Theres no money for you.”

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