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Voorheesville to exit county Stormwater Coalition

Village trustees cite increased fee in plans for departure

— She said the agency also wanted to avoid relying on a student intern when work was entering into the legal territory of the Clean Water Act requirements.

Glenn Herbert, code enforcement officer for the village, said Voorheesville has been a member of the Stormwater Coalition since it was formed in 2008 to assist municipalities and public institutions regulated by the Clean Water Act. The members, along with coalition staff, worked to implement the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requirements.

“We had joined the coalition when the EPA and DEC was first coming out and really going after municipalities about cleaning up stormwater from construction sites,” Hebert said, “and doing public education to the people … to try to get them aware of stormwater and the importance of it.”

Herbert said the village’s zoning law covers “everything the coalition does” and he recommended the village leave it as it is. He suggested keeping $3,500, the coalition fee before the increase, budgeted to cover any outside contractor help.

“We can save some money here and still do just as good of a job as we were doing with the coalition,” Herbert said. “My feeling is we got a very good handle on this … we should get out of that coalition and save the taxpayers money.”

The village will be able to rejoin the coalition at any time. Conway said the village would reassess its absence from the coalition after one year and determine if it saved money by not being a member.

Heinzen said to solve drainage problems more “holistically,” municipalities will need to look at the watershed more broadly.

“We have laid the foundation for the really critical, analytical work to begin to address the drainage problems,” she said. “We have got the elements of beginning to really solve some serious problems.”

Heinzen said several resources are available the coalition’s website to anyone, but the “full breadth” of services would not be offered to the village once it leaves.

“The reality of the collation is everybody is very aware of the regulations and they have a lot of experience,” she said. “Everybody has something to bring to the table, which ends up very useful when everyone is trying to come up with their own program.”

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