LAKE PLACID - The village board voted on three significant infrastructure and maintenance projects at the March 11 meeting, approving a new contract for sewage removal, a sewer line study on Main Street and upgrades to the water plant facility.
Contract for waste removal
The village also unanimously approved a resolution entering into an agreement with Casella Organics to remove biosolids, treated human sewage, from the waste water treatment plant. Lake Placid produces 750 wet tons of biosolids per year.
The company set a $47.50-per-wet-ton processing fee at the Grassland Processing Facility in Chateaugay and a $22 per wet ton transportation fee. The contract between the village and Casella is for three years.
Main Street sewer study
The board unanimously approved a resolution needed to move forward with a Main Street sanitary sewer line study. The study will be funded mainly through a $30,000 grant through the New York Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The village's share is 20 percent.
Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said the village needs to continue to develop the Main Street sewer plan to prepare for the future when the state Department of Transportation might repair it. He did not have a time frame on when that might occur, saying it was likely down the road.
"This is the first step toward developing engineering plans to upgrade sewer lines under Main Street," Randall said.
The village does not have accurate maps of sewer or water lines and the amount of potential damage to the sewer line is also unknown, Randall said.
Water plant upgrades
The village board unanimously decided to move forward with upgrades to the village's water filtration plant.
In a letter to the village dated March 12, Tom Suozzo, an employee of Cedarwood Engineering Services PLLC, said during his visit to the water plant it appeared to be well maintained, but some improvements could be made.
"It is only natural after a decade of operation, any public works facility begins to show its age." Suozzo wrote. "However, the village board should be reassured that the physical plant is in good condition, not requiring any major capital investment, and that the finished water quality remains excellent."
The company said that improvements should be made to the backwash cycle and estimated the evaluation and added costs to be $33,000.
"I think it's long overdue with these upgrades," village Trustee Jason Leon said.
Leon added that he thought the upgrades would save the village money in the long run. Randall agreed.