A recent article in the Observer Dispatch...New Hartford considering own sewage plant.
The article quotes Supervisor Tyksinski:
“I believe it’s my obligation, and I believe the town is looking to me and the board to say what’s best for the town, not the sewer district,” Tyksinski said.In recent months, Steve Devan and former Highway Superintendent Roger Cleveland have attended town board meetings and when questioned have said they have no idea how much it will eventually cost each sewer user; what fixes will be done first; and how they plan to make sure that no one pays more than their fair share. Supervisor Tyksinski has publicly stated at those meetings that he fears that the town will end up paying more than it's fair share of the costs to satisfy the D.E.C. Consent Order and logic tells us that he is probably right.
The problems plaguing the sewer district are not new; they have been debated for years and by all accounts we are no further ahead now than we were then. In fact, some of the same "players" are still in charge which makes it more disheartening that there are still no definite plans on how to fix the problem other than to throw money at it.
While it's commendable that Supervisor Tyksinski is exploring all the options, and while we certainly do not have the expertise to say whether a sewage plant in New Hartford would be feasible or not; there is something that can be done right now to at least make sewer costs equitable to all New Hartford sewer users.
Currently, not all sewer users in the Town of New Hartford are paying the town assessed sewer maintenance fees. As many as 700-800 users either pay nothing or pay only a portion of the cost to maintain the present sewer pump stations and lines. The rest of the sewer users are paying the full amount of the ad valorem and per unit charge maintenance charge on the Town and County tax bills.
This has been brought up at town board meetings several times by Councilman Backman and even reported on by the Observer Dispatch. In fact, there was a resolution that was passed several years ago to correct the situation in one area of town and yet nothing has been done to comply with that resolution.
The Consolidated Sewer District in the Town of New Hartford is a special benefit district and by town law is supposed to be paid for by the people receiving the benefit.
Supervisor Tyksinski, it is also your obligation to see to it that all residents in town are treated fairly. Not one more year should go by with only a portion of the sewer users paying the bulk of the maintenance fees!