Silver Creek acts on sewer improvements

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek village board moved forward with sewer plant improvements at its recent board meeting.

In moving along with complying with the DEC consent order, the village board declared itself lead agent of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process. The board then declared the proposed improvements to the sewer plant to have no environmental impact and therefore are not subject to a SEQR review.

Mayor Kurt Lindstrom read the lengthy resolution for payment of the project which will include bar screening improvements, installation of a vortex grit removal system, aeration blower improvements, aeration diffuser upgrades, aeration basin/clarifier improvements, aerobic digester improvements, installation of a filtration system, installation of an emergency generator and the replacement of water meters along with any ancillary work.

The resolution estimated the maximum cost of the work to be $5,030,000. The village will issue bonds to pay for the project which will be financed for a period of more than five years and paid back by sewer district customers. It also stated the amount would be offset by any federal, state or county funds the village receives for the project.

The village has been working with engineers since receiving the DEC consent order in August for repeated sewer violations. Together, the board and GHD engineers created a plan for solving some of the village’s inflow and infiltration problems. The board also is working with Wendel engineers on the improvements to the plant. The board hopes that in doing these two things, it will come into compliance with DEC regulations.

Lindstrom thanked Wendel for its help with the project.

The next meeting of the village board will be held Tuesday Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In other business:

The board distributed CHIPS funding into accounts: CHIPS by $13,617.86, CHIPS Capitol Outlay by $8,891.45 and Tree Stump & Removal by $4,726.41.

The board also approved the Democratic Caucus to be held at the village hall on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.