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Rotterdam residents: Sewers not a priority

"It appears we're going to miss another construction season," said Nowicki.

Steenburgh admitted that sewers weren't ultimately a solution to the drainage problem.

"But they will help the drainage," said Steenburgh, who noted that some of the standing water in Masullo Estates was septic water.

The construction of the sewers would be paid for by the residents in the form of a 15-year, $320,000 bond. Including the costs of debt service and operation and maintenance, each household would pay $610.40 in the first year if the sewer project goes forward.

But for some residents, the costs would be greater. Nineteen of the homes would be geographically unable to use the proposed gravity sewers without the aid of a grinder pump.

One affected resident, Michael O'Connor, of East Lucille Lane, called the project cost prohibitive. He said a grinder pump could cost him an estimated $3,000 to $5,000.

"The extension proposed disproportionately burdens some homeowners," said O'Connor, whose comments were received with applause from some in the audience.

The Town Board still has to vote on the resolution. If passed, each homeowner in Masullo Estates will cast a ballot in a referendum vote in June. If the resolution fails, the sewer project will be discontinued.

Supervisor Steven Tommasone said the board will make its decision next month.

He said the board may call a special meeting in the interim to further discuss the potential project with residents.

"The residents of the area signed a petition to ask the board to consider a sewer line extension," said Tommasone. "We still need to call for a vote."

Tommasone said that regardless of the vote on the sewers, plans for major drainage improvements and road repairs would move forward.""

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