Clifton Park seeks grant to pay for shared sewer study with Glenville

The Clifton Park Town Board will seek grant funds for a potential Glenville/Clifton Park joint sewer project.

Clifton Park officials authorized Supervisor Phil Barrett to apply for a state shared municipal services incentive grant to have the town of Glenville in Schenectady County take over the Olde Nott Farm Sewer District No. 1.

Our goal has been, for a number of years, to mothball the processing plant at the Olde Nott Farm, said Barrett at the Monday, Nov. 19, meeting of the town board.

Town administrator Michael Shahen said the Olde Nott plant has cost the town money in the past. Four years ago, the Department of Environmental Conservation inspected the Olde Nott Farm sewer plant and recommended the town spend $15,000 to reline one of the storage tanks.

The resolution to enter into a shared municipal services contract, introduced by Councilman Sanford Roth, was adopted unanimously.

Potential funding is available under a competitive grant process through the state Department of State under the Shared Municipal Service Incentive Grant Program 2007-08. The program provides funding to eligible local governments "to cover costs associated with shared services, cooperative agreements, mergers, consolidations, and dissolutions."

If the grant is awarded, Clifton Park could partner with the town of Glenville and the Niskayuna School District.

The town of Glenville is acting as the lead applicant and is applying for funding to offset consultant, legal and other related costs associated with a Glenville/Clifton Park joint sewer project.

Glenville as the lead applicant is committed to supplying 10 percent matching funds, the cost of which will be divided equally between the three project partners. Barrett has been authorized to commit up to $20,000.

According to Roth, the cost of the intermunicipal project is not to exceed $200,000 per project partner. So that's a total project cost of $600,000, with the grant funds paying for $540,000.

Barrett said the funds will allow Clifton Park residents on Riverview Road that do not have public sewer the opportunity to hook into the sewer district.

"This will open up homes to public sewer," he said. "We're going to look into what size pipe we'll need so that if people want to tie in in the future, they're able to do so.""

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