Scotia-Glenville gets a handle on sewage

Municipalities see growing pains through use of city’s facility

— “In my mind, it makes some sense,” Kastberg said. “When you farm something like that out, then Schenectady is the sole suppler for that of that service … we are going to be held to their needs for revenue.”

In 2011, Scotia paid around $700,000 in sewage discharge fees to the city, and a similar charge is expected this year. The village is currently renegotiating its contract with the city.

The actual sewage discharge fees aren’t increasing for the village or town, but state ordered capital improvements at the facility will increase expenses. Sewage discharge is generally increasing, too.

The town and village are both in different situations than when the former study was completed.

Koetzle said the town has experienced a lot of residential growth and some commercial growth, with more development expected along the Route 50 corridor. Socha Plaza’s expansion and looming housing development will further tax the sewer system. The collapsed Scotia Navy Depot building is being demolished, and that is hoped to spur redevelopment in the village.

Panera Bread is also expected to break ground near the new Glenville Target within weeks, according to Koetzle. An exact date hasn’t been set, but once construction starts it’s expected to be completed in six to nine months, he said.

“There is a lot coming on, we have to make sure we can handle the capacity for it,” Koetzle said. “Glenville is a hot town to be in right now and we just have to meet the challenges of growth.”

Glenville Public Works Commissioner Tom Coppola said a newer plant would be more easily upgradeable as needs change. The sewage treatment plant project would include extending the town’s sewer line from where it ends on Route 50 near Price Chopper to the town line, which is more attractive for economic development.

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