Water, sewer extension hearing Thursday

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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

A public hearing will be held Thursday at town hall regarding a proposal to extend water and sewer lines into the industrial area of the hamlet. Courtesy of Pexels

COEYMANS — The town council will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposal to extend water and sewer lines in the hamlet.

If approved, the proposal would extend the sewer and water district to users in the eastern portion of the town along the Route 144 corridor.

Properties that would be added to the water and sewer districts include the Coeymans Industrial Park, the Port of Coeymans, the Biers industrial property and JAT Construction.

The industrial park already has water and sewer service but was never formally added into those two districts.

The project has been in the works for over a year.

“A lot of this already has water and sewer, certainly the industrial park does, but it was never formally brought into a district,” Town Supervisor George McHugh said in January. “So this is two-fold – it is correcting the sins of the past and at the same time expanding so that the rest of the [Route] 144 corridor, at least up to the Lafarge property, is in the water district and can get water and sewer as part of that.”

Under the proposal, infrastructure would be added to bring water and sewer services to those properties along Route 144 that do not have them.

The project would install approximately 4,500 linear feet of 8-inch PVC for the sewer main, including manholes.

For the water line extension, 4,500 linear feet of 8-inch water main would be installed along River Road and would include hydrants.

The cost of both the sewer and water extensions would be borne by the companies and would cost the town nothing, according to the resolution approving the public hearings.

The water line extension is expected to cost each of the four properties within the district approximately $18,000 each, and the sewer line would cost roughly $24,000 each.

The town’s engineering firm, Barton & Loguidice, prepared a feasibility assessment, including the map, plan and report detailing specifics of the project. The industrial properties being added to the district will construct both projects and cover the costs in their entirety, according to the town resolution approved June 23.

The town council on April 14 completed the required short Environmental Assessment Form, as required under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, and gave the project a negative declaration.

“We found it to be no adverse impact to the environment,” Jason Ballard from Barton & Loguidice told the board at its April 14 meeting.

The public hearing will be held July 14 at 6 p.m. at town hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena. Comments can also be submitted to the town clerk’s office at townclerk@coeymans.org or by calling 518-756-6006 ext. 3 until 4 p.m. the date of the meeting.

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