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Funding falls in place for Newton Falls sewer system


NEWTON FALLS — The last piece of funding for a sewage system for the hamlet will make it easier to sell Newton Falls Fine Paper.

“This will be a big burden off the mill,” Clifton Supervisor Robert L. Snider said.

The $4.3 million project is eligible to receive a $723,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office. The project received a jump start in 2008 with a $1 million grant from the state Department of Environmental Conservation because of the number of septic system failures in Newton Falls. The remaining funds will come from $2 million in principal forgiveness and $591,000 in a 30-year interest-free loan from the state Environmental Facilities Corp.

The paper mill owns and operates a deteriorating wastewater treatment plant that also treats sewage from about 14 houses in the hamlet.

The project would reroute those houses to the new plant as well as treat sewage from the mill along with other homes in the hamlet.

The town is looking forward to moving the project along and offering a much-needed service. Most septic systems in the hamlet are woefully inadequate, Mr. Snider said.

A hamletwide wastewater system will make the mill more attractive to buyers, he said.

“They’re actively seeking someone to purchase the mill,” Mr. Snider said. “They want to sell it to someone who will run it, not junk it.”

The project is expected to break ground next summer. It will cost residents in the district $540 per year.

The town has worked on the project since 2008 with the engineering firm Barton & Loguidice, Syracuse, which is opening a Watertown office later this year.

“It’s great to see this community get the financial assistance it needs to make this project a reality,” project engineer Dustin Clark said.

The facility will be outside the hamlet across from the mill’s scale house. The facility likely will use a less-expensive low-pressure collection system.

which is less expensive than a gravity collection system because of the expense of excavation and rock removal.

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