“There are two general parts (to the system),” Kanoza said. “Waste from individual homes flows into septic tanks (to remove solid materials), and then water flows back into the sanitary sewer and is pumped into the aeration field.”
A portion of the project focused on replacing septic tanks, which will allow better flow of the wastewater. Also, having one central system rather than the smaller individual systems will improve the overall life expectancy of the system, Kanoza said.
“At the end of the day, this is all about keeping the park going,” Phung said. “There have been several park closings in the area of late. We need to provide residents with an affordable place to live.”
Phung was able to procure funding through the New York Community Development Block Grant program with support from the Town of Peru, which was designated grant administrator for the project.
“We wanted to assist the owner in getting the grant money that is a large part of the sewer project at South Acres in order to save the affordable housing available there,” said Peru Town Supervisor Peter Glushko. “There was a danger that the park might close, as Shir-Cliff in Schuyler Falls did, because of septic-system problems.
“Because the owner did all the work and bore all the costs to plan the project and apply for the project grant, the work done came at no expense to the Town of Peru. The park is well-maintained and provides local families with a great environment to live and raise a family.”
Engineers are completing final work on the upgrade.
“They’ve done a great job,” Project Manager Joe Akey said of the work done by J. E. Sheehan Contractors. “This is a great project for this park and shows a great deal of cooperation from everyone involved.”
Phung would like to begin his expansion project next year, adding between 60 and 70 new sites to South Acres Park, but is still looking for additional financing sources to continue with his plans.
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