Wastewater facility seeking funding


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility is working on an application seeking funding for a sludge dryer, which officials say could cost over $8 million.

Sewer plant officials alluded to the need for such heavy equipment at an April 16 facility tour by state and federal officials.

Plant Manager Wallace Arnold recently reported to the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board that he provided a “letter of interest” through the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth to the Northern Border Regional Commission. The commission is a federal-state partnership for economic and community development within the most distressed counties of New York state, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Arnold said the letter pertained to possible available funding for a sludge dryer or pyrolysis equipment to reduce waste sludge, cutting down on truck trips to the Fulton County landfill.

The Northern Border Regional Commission requires a State Economic & Infrastructure Development, or SEID application. Arnold told the board he is working to complete the required form.

Elsewhere before the board, Arnold provided an emergency power failure update. He said some progress is being made since a major power failure when a duct bank collapsed in April. Vendor High Voltage Electric Services pulled damaged electrical wire from collapsed conduits.

Arnold said Adirondack Septic Service provided video inspection of conduits and marked problem areas. PVC pipe was installed to replace an outdated fiber conduit. New manholes were bored for piping, concreted in places, and covered with fill. Arnold said Completion of the project is expected within two to three weeks.

Trenches will be refilled with clean fill provided by the contractor, Arnold said. Board members agreed to allow excess dirt from this project to be transported to the city of Gloversville.

The board accepted the retirement of sewer plant Fiscal Manager Donna Renda, effective July 3. She is retiring after 31 years of service.

Board members discussed a membership pamphlet submitted by the CRG. Board members declined joining CRG membership, as the sewage treatment plant is already a subsidiary of the city of Gloversville, a sponsor of the CRG.

The facility’s Communicable Disease Disaster Emergency Plan, Section 6 was revised to include to include legal counsel’s comments on paid sick leave for employees subject to mandatory quarantine. The revised policy was approved by the Teamsters Union.

Arnold noted a new rotor assembly ordered to repair a blower will cost about $66,000 and not $144,000 as was reported at the board’s April meeting.

The plant manager reported CFI Contracting completed all repair work on the UV Disinfection System. Trojan Technologies did an inspection, verifying repairs were satisfactory. Nine bulbs and one ballast were replaced under warranty.

Board members authorized disposal of three 55-gallon drums of mixed antifreeze from R.H. Crown Co. of Johnstown, at a cost of 11 cents per gallon based on full drum size.

By Paul Wager