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The Telegram
  • Herkimer County sewer project should start by end of year

  • Herkimer County officials hope to begin work on a $2.2 million sewer project by the end of the year.

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  • Herkimer County officials hope to begin work on a $2.2 million sewer project by the end of the year.
    The project will involve the replacement of a 22-year-old belt press at the Herkimer County Sewer District plant in Mohawk, chief plant operator James Rathbun said.
    The cost also includes replacement of sludge pumps and other components of the handling area.
    County residents can voice their opinions and ask questions about the project at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in the county legislative chambers in Herkimer.
    Rathbun said sewer fees shouldn’t increase.
    “Right now, we have a couple of bonding upgrades that are going to be paid off in the next couple of years,” he said. “That money would probably be used to offset the project.”
    He also said there is capital funding designated for these upgrades.
    “The capital funds we take in now will cover the new bonding costs,” he said.
    Rathbun said they’ve started to see the age of the belt press, which typically lasts about 20 years.
    “We try to be proactive in the sewer district instead of reactive,” Rathbun said. “You can’t allow the plant to stagnate because then the equipment starts to fall apart.”
    He said the project is months away because it must be approved by the state Comptroller’s Office and then be sent out to bid.
    “We’re not bonding on anything yet,” he said, “not until we get our bids back.”

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