SCOTIA: Village signs on with city sewer system

The village of Scotia came to an agreement with Schenectady last week to work with the city's sewer system, while the village makes upgrades to its own. Although rates will increase, the board of trustees said at the Wednesday, Oct.10, meeting that the city will allow the village to phase in the cost increase over three years.

Mayor Kris Kastberg said the city and village worked for months on the contract. Kastberg said the generator that the village uses as a backup has aged, and replacement parts are no longer available. The agreement with the city allows the village some security were a power outage to occur.

If the power goes for a certain amount of time, we could have sewage backing up into people's houses. This agreement allows us have a backup, as well as the time to upgrade our own generator at the village pump station, said Kastberg.

Kastberg said replacing the generator would cost the village an estimated $56,000.

Trustee Armon Benny said the village would pay $210,000 for the first year of the agreement and $165,000 the next.

"I have to take the time to say that this agreement is a testament to how well the county and village levels can work together. The city acknowledged the financial situation we have and helped us out with this fee schedule. Hopefully we can move forward with investing in our own sewer project," said Benny.

Benny said he plans to attend a conference in Kingston that will include analysis of installation, maintenance and financing a sewer pump station. He said he also plans to look into how to obtain grants for such a project.

In other news, Police Chief John Pytlovany told the board his officers attended a recent Taser training session, and he was impressed with how effective the devices can be when properly used. He said 10 of his 22 officers had a Taser tested on them at the training session.

"The officers experience what it feels like to be Tasered first hand. It is important because they now will think twice if they are in a situation to use the Taser. Knowing what it feels like makes them better prepared to use them if necessary," said Pytlovany.

Kastberg announced that trick-or-treating will take place on Halloween from 4 to 8 p.m. He is asking all village residents to abide by the set times and to shut off their porch light after 8 p.m.""

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