Guest commentary: Information about proposed town sewer project


As most of you know, the town board has been investigating the costs and feasibility of extending sewers into areas of the Cazenovia Lake shoreline as a part of the overall work of the town, the village and the lake association to improve the health of the lake and the watershed. Information about the benefits that sewer service would provide for lake health can be found on the town website (click on “Caz Lake Water Quality”). Other benefits include reliable and safe drinking water, added property value and elimination of septic system maintenance and repair. My purpose here is to describe the process of forming a sewer district and constructing sewers.

What we have already done

Our town engineer, John Dunkle, has identified the possible technologies and costs associated with extending sewers and public water into un-sewered areas. Because it would not be feasible to extend the current public sewer and water all the way around the lake, the optimal solution consists of four separate sewer districts: Northeast (extending public sewer and water service to the lake’s northern and eastern shoreline areas); West Lake (extending public water and sewer along Route 92); and two “septic management districts” in the Owaghena and Overlook areas, which are too far from the current water and sewer lines to connect in a cost-effective manner.

This is a large project, and we decided that the logical first step was the Northeast Lake Sewer and Water District, serving approximately 134 properties on East Lake Road, North Lake Road, and the Mark Lane area. The most cost-effective method of providing public sewers would be via a pressurized system, utilizing individual pumping stations located on each property. This is the type of system already used successfully in Seven Pines, and on East Lake Road from Wright Road to Hoffman Road.

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