Towns to link sewers

Glenville is in the process of joining sewer systems with the town of Clifton Park, an arrangement that the Glenville Superintendent of Public Works Richard LeClair calls a win-win situation.

It's not only one town helping another, it's two counties helping each other, said LeClair.

The failing sewer system in the areas of Rexford, just outside of Clifton Park, would connect to the Glenville system. The total cost for the hookup into Glenville is estimated at $500,000. The 1,000 feet of new pipes will run along Riverview Road and connect into the Alplaus area of Glenville's system.

LeClair said that the town's two attorneys are working out the details that will hopefully be finalized later this week.

"The residents in Alplaus will absolutely be gaining from this project. It will open up homes to public sewers, something homeowners have been waiting for," said LeClair.

Glenville's town engineer, Jack McDonald of John M. McDonald Engineering in Schenectady, said that about 250 homes in Alplaus would connect to the new line. He also said that the project's completion is slated for July 1, 2008.

"Our goal is to have the project completed next summer. The new sewer line is a deal that will bring in long-term savings," said McDonald.

LeClair said the system's costs are broken down to about $904 per household annually. He also said that the two municipalities have applied for a $400,000 state grant as part of an incentive program based on joint services.

The Clifton Park Town Board approved a resolution to enter into a shared municipal services contract on Monday, Nov. 19.

"Our goal has been, for a number of years, to mothball the processing plant at the Olde Nott Farm," Clifton Park's Supervisor Phil Barrett said at that meeting.

The state's incentive program was developed to aid in the efforts of municipalities looking to combine services as a way to conserve resources. Combining services between neighboring municipalities, municipalities and counties and even school districts is a growing trend that is both cost-effective and resourceful. New York State has implemented several grant programs to help fund and encourage such consolidation.

The new sewer line will also allow homes along Riverview Road in Rexford to hook up to the sewer lines, which will eventually help lower the costs for other homeowners using the sewer line. LeClair said the new sewer district would be named the Rexford Landing Sewer District.

Spotlight reporter William R. DeVoe contributed to this story.""

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