CHAMPLAIN — About $415,000 in state funding for a Town of Champlain waste-water project will have to wait a while before it can go to work.
A $13.4 million water project has to come first, Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb said Monday.
“If we don’t have the water (system), we don’t need the sewer,” he said.
SEWER SYSTEM FUNDS
The $415,000 comes as part of the most recent State Regional Economic Development Council program awards, tapped for the project that would bring a public waste-water system to much of Route 11 between Interstate 87 and the village of Rouses Point, along with the East Service Road, West Service Road, some of Prospect Street in the town and other areas.
In an article that ran Sunday, the Press-Republican had mistakenly reported that funding was for the water system planned for almost the same footprint.
“But it’s grant money for the sewer,” Barcomb said.
WATER GRANT PENDING
He would have much welcomed that amount for the water project, which would include two water towers and service to commercial areas that now attract less attention because they lack the public utilities.
But failing to win that $415,000 doesn’t mean the water project can’t move forward, Barcomb said.
The big grant that the town and village — which are in partnership on the effort — are waiting for is one totaling as much as $2 million, which Barcomb said they won’t hear about until later in the winter.
Matt Cooper of the engineering firm Bernier & Carr Associates, who has been working on the project for the town and village, is very hopeful the funding will come through, the supervisor said.
Barcomb is keeping his fingers crossed and is hoping, too.
“But ‘very hopeful’ ain’t very good until you get the money in your hand,” he said.
An infrastructure project on one end of South Street fell through some years ago, Barcomb recalled, because it would have cost more than the few homeowners on that stretch could afford.
So the property owners had to find private solutions to their failed septic systems, and town taxpayers as a whole had to pay the $4,000 in engineering fees it had cost to plan the work and seek funding.
Wednesday is the deadline for property owners in the new proposed Water District No. 6 to petition the Town Council to put its creation up for public vote; otherwise, the board can vote to establish it.
Barcomb hopes it passes, for there has long been a demand for water services on Route 11 and the rest of the proposed district.
A Hudson Headwaters health clinic yet to be built is one example of the kind of growth he expects once services are in place.
And the east end of South Street is included, he said, which may solve some lingering issues there.
If the district isn’t created, once again the town as a whole would eat the engineering costs of this much bigger project, Barcomb noted.
“I don’t see that happening, though,” he said.
Should the District 6 water project get rolling, the town will start working on planning and finding funds for the sewer infrastructure, the supervisor added.
As for the recent waste-water grant, he added, “it will be there even if it’s a year from now.”
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