West said an optimal contract would be one where you pay only for what you use, but this is a marked improvement from the 1993 one. It also has an option to opt out if Watervliet begins producing finished water, as it would be selling a different product. Either party has 60 months to do so.
Guilderland and Watervliet have discussed a proposal to build a new water treatment plant together.
"Ultimately I'd like to see if the two sides can sit down and see us at some common ground," West said. "For years and years we've talked about regionalization."
As part of the agreement, more accurate state-of-the-art meters will be purchased for about $10,000, which the town and Watervliet will split. Town Board Member Warren Redlich said the language of the new contract was a not clear and a change was made because it was approved. It was designed to clarify yearly rate increases.
"From a legal standpoint, you lawyers need to be comfortable with the language," West said.