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Scotia-Glenville gets a handle on sewage

Municipalities see growing pains through use of city’s facility

— Scotia and Glenville officials are revisiting a proposal to construct a joint sewer plant as the expense of using Schenectady’s aging facility increases.

Glenville officials on Thursday, Dec. 6, sent a request for proposals to three engineering firms to pinpoint the cost of building a new sewer facility, with quotes due back Jan. 4. Town and village officials are hoping to determine if it is a more feasible option than continuing to pay sewage discharge fees to the City of Schenectady, which total around $1 million for the two municipalities.

Flashback

Reread 2007 news stories covering the start and end of discussions to construct a new sewer plant.

SCOTIA: Joint sewer talks begin

SCOTIA: Joint sewer talks over

Delaware Engineering completed a study in 2007 and estimated a new sewage treatment plant would cost around $12 million using existing lines. The plant would have been built along the Mohawk River.

“We believe we may actually save money by running our own plant,” Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said. “It has been a couple years since it has been looked at and a lot of has changed, so we are interested to see where it is going to come in.”

After the previous study concluded it wouldn’t be cost effective for the municipalities to build their own facility, Scotia renegotiated its contract with Schenectady. The city is the sole outlet for all of the village’s sewage discharge.

“Years ago, we did look at a joint sewage treatment plant with the town and at that time it didn’t really seem practical,” Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg said. “The Schenectady plant is in need of some major renovations and repairs that we are going to be required to pay with our contract with them.”

Now, Kastberg thinks keeping sewage on the same side of the Mohawk River could be a better financial move.

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