By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — Four years after raw sewage surfaced in front of Kinney Drugs west of the Village of Malone, a new sewer line will finally be built.
Construction could start in April now that the Town Council has approved the issuance of serial bonds for $357,000 at an interest rate of 1 or 2 percent for 30 years.
The money will be paid back by the commercial users on the south side of Route 11 that will tap in: Cedar Commons Plaza, Aldi’s Plaza, Bailey Motor Company, NBT Bank, Auto Zone and Kinney Drugs.
Each will pay about $1,280 a year, said Town Budget Officer Andrea Stewart, based on a formula of 10 percent per equivalent-dwelling unit, 30 percent on assessment, 30 percent on frontage and 30 percent on acreage.
Town Attorney Lillian Anderson-Duffy said the parties “all agreed to the cost and determined how it would be apportioned. They were very involved, and it got great approval.”
Town Supervisor Howard Maneely said the town is awaiting a permit from the State Department of Transportation to dig up a portion of Route 11 so the new line can run underneath it.
It will come out in front of Aldi’s to connect with a manhole on town property on the north side of Route 11, Maneely said.
For years, the businesses were using a sewer-piping system that once served the former Franklin County Poor House on Route 11B near Lime Kiln Road.
But the clay-pipe system clogged in July 2009, discharging raw sewage into a stormwater basin near Kinney Drugs; the State Department of Environmental Conservation said the wastewater seeped into a wetland.
The DEC stopped usage of the old line and threatened Kinney with daily fines of $37,500 if the problem wasn’t fixed but suspended the penalty while the town worked on a solution.
No one owns the old Poor House line, so it becomes the town’s responsibility.
Another wrinkle surfaced in September 2009 when the new Holiday Inn Express and Suites was under development because the DEC barred users outside the village limits to hook into the sewage-treatment system because there was no inter-municipal agreement in place.
Without it, no State Department of Health operating permits could be issued for food-service businesses, motels or hotels.
Anderson-Duffy gave Town Council members the first draft of the inter-municipal agreement this week, which will be discussed at the next meeting, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.
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