Town of Chester takes step toward downtown sewer system

— With a goal of boosting commerce in town and protecting the environment, the town board has voted to apply for money to fund a feasibility study for a community septic system to service the downtown area.

At a special town board meeting Friday Aug. 9, the town board voted to approve an application for a $22,000 grant – which calls for local expenditure of $4,400 – to bankroll the study. The vote was 4-1 in favor. Town Board member Michael Packer voted against the measure.

The vote follows a request by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance to pursue construction of a sewer system that would service existing and potential downtown businesses, which due to state health code are now limited to operations that don’t require much water use or septic discharge, because the hamlet is depending on individual.

Town Supervisor Fred Monroe said the sewer system would likely be a small-scale centralized septic tank system rather than a costly sewage treatment plant.

The grant application was prepared already by Cedarwood Engineering Services, and it was submitted by Monday Aug. 12, the deadline for applications for such state Environmental Facilities Corporation grants.

Tom Suozzo, an engineer with the firm, recently gave a presentation to the Business Alliance at their request.

He indicated that a feasibility study needed to be prepared and ready for submission in order to be competitive in obtaining grant funding to help pay for a sewer system, group officials said.

The group has voted in favor of the feasibility study.

Cedarwood is the North Creek firm that has been assisting Warrensburg for several years with their sewer and water system upgrades.

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