Gloversville – Johnstown Wastewater Treatment facility’s sewer rates proposed to stay level

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility’s 2018-19 sewer rates are proposed to remain the same as current rates.

The Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board met recently at the sewer plant and decided to keep rates stable for the coming year.

Last year, the board increased sewer rates by 2 percent for Glove Cities residential customers and 9 percent for industrial users.

Board Chairman Wrandy Siarkowski said Friday rates not increasing shows finances at the facility are stable.

“If we felt it was absolutely necessary to raise the rates, we would have,” SiarkowskI stated.

Industrial sewer rates and residential rates are proposed to remain the same with no increase. Septic hauler rates are proposed to increase slightly, the board decided.

The sewer board will conduct a public hearing on the rates at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chambers at Johnstown City Hall. The board is expected to take action immediately following the hearing. If adopted, new sewer rates will become effective May 1.

In other action, the board approved contracts related to a UV disinfection upgrades at the sewer plant. The board awarded a $1/8 million general construction contract to BCI Construction Inc. of Albany. The board awarded a $175,000 electrical construction contract to Spring Electric Inc. of Averill Park.

Plant Manager Wallace Arnold reported a Notice of Violation was received from the state Department of Environmental Conservation on March 26. It was issued for odor complaints due to operation of the facility’s new CAST, or Contact Absorption Settling Thickening system. DEC requested submission of a long-term plan for treating high-strength waste and an evaluation of the CAST system by the facility’s engineering consultant.

The board awarded a two-year contract for supply and delivery of potassium permanganate to Caras Corp. at $1.58 per pound.

Haleigh Dutcher was appointed to a vacant laboratory technician position, effective April 30. She was among three candidates interviewed.

The board reviewed a request for a sewer bill adjustment for excess water usage for property located at 17 Allen St. in Gloversville. The board approved a credit of $715.86 since the water didn’t enter the sewer system to be treated.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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