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Carthage-W. Carthage joint sewer board updated on plant improvement study

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CARTHAGE — Representatives of GHD Consulting Engineers LLC, Cazenovia, told the Carthage/West Carthage Water Pollution Control Facilities Management Board the firm is seeking outside funding for an extensive upgrade to the aging wastewater treatment plant.

GHD was hired in March to conduct a grant-funded study of improvements to the plant. The $6.4 million upgrade to the water pollution control facility essentially would rebuild the plant.

Charles A. Prior, GHD project manager, told the board the firm is applying for grants through the Environmental Facilities Corp.’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund to aid in financing the plant’s upgrade. The estimated cost of the project is $6.4 million. Mr. Prior said the project may qualify for hardship funding at no interest. Other avenues for funding include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, the Green Initiative program, programs offered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and funding from the Regional Economic Development program.

Mr. Prior discussed options for how to proceed with the plant’s upgrades and whether to reuse the West Carthage meter room.

Michael E. Tamblin of GHD said some parts for machinery at the plant are getting harder to replace since they no longer are manufactured; thus, although they are usable now, they may be harder to repair in the future.

“Do you want to invest money now or later?” Mr. Tamblin said. “The manufacturer is no longer manufacturing major components, only minor ones.”

The board directed GHD to move forward with the design phase of the project.

Chairman Michael F. Astafan reported to the board on a meeting he and Carthage village President G. Wayne McIlroy had with Patrick Purdy and Fred Goutremout from Carthage Specialty Paperboard, formally Climax Manufacturing. He said Mr. Purdy expressed a desire to have better communication with the board and to meet again to discuss core issues and concerns. In response, the board set up an ad hoc committee consisting of representatives from each village, the management board clerk and a Development Authority of the North Country engineer.

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