Persia hears concerns about water district

By SAMANTHA

MCDONNELL

OBSERVER Staff Writer

PERSIA – A resident wanted answers concerning the water district in Route 62. The question was raised during a monthly Persia Town Board meeting.

Dave Wall came to ask about a water district for 13 residents along Route 62. The town of Persia has been working to create a water district for those residences for some time now. The residents are currently under the village’s water district but the town wants to take over for water and sewer.

“We cannot burden this issue anymore,” Wall said.

Wall said the residents would have to pay a one time usage fee of $1,000 to connect into the system. The town and village attorneys have been going back and forth with a contract but there has been no movement. It has been a back and forth between the two municipalities, Gloria Tomaszewski, deputy supervisor, said.

The town owns the waterline from the village limits up Route 62. Wall had questions about liability if the line were to break and if homeowners or the town would be liable. Tomaszewski said this issue should have been resolved quickly in the past and other municipalities have combined water districts successfully citing Perrysburg and Dayton. Tomaszewski will set up a meeting with the town’s attorney and a former Perrysburg town supervisor who has had success in the past with water districts being created.

The town also passed a resolution opposing the New York SAFE Act.

The town sent a letter to Gowanda Ambulance declaring them the 911 unit for the town.

Assessor Mary Bailey said with the village of Gowanda eliminating the assessor position, there will be some more work for the town but it is manageable.

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