Water/sewer rates are steady now

Town of Goshen looks forward to further decreases with new subdivisions

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2014 reductions

Arcadia Hills sewer rate — reduced by 2.5 percent
Arcadia Hills water rate — reduced by 5 percent
Stonehedge water rate — reduced by 10 percent
Scotchtown water rate — reduced by 10 percent

By Geri Corey

— Hambletonian Park residents won’t see a change in their water/sewer rates this year. But those living in Arcadia Hills and Stonehedge will notice a decrease in their bills.

“We still have money in the bank for Hambletonian Park,” Town Supervisor Doug Bloomfield explained to the public at the water/sewer rates public hearing on April 7.

"There won’t be any increase, but there’s not much room to decrease."

Anticipating benefits from the future expansion of the water and sewer districts that will include Hambletonian Park, and the three proposed subdivisions now making their way through the planning board, Supervisor Bloomfield said, “There will be money from the subdivisions and there probably will (eventually) be room to decrease rates.”

Hambletonian Park already stands to benefit financially through agreements with New York Farms, LLC, developer of Heritage Estates, the proposed 75-home subdivision on Old Chester Road. One agreement is for a $130,000 contribution to join the sewer district earmarked for infrastructure improvements and the other is an $84,105 contribution toward purchasing a second water tank. Agreements will be acted upon when the subdivision map is signed.

Further similar financial agreements are slated for negotiation with ADC Maplewood, a 68-home proposed subdivision on Craigville Road, and with Youngs Grove, a 105-home proposed subdivision also on Craigville Road.

When all subdivisions are completed, the total 673 homes in the water and sewer districts will be responsible to contribute towards repair work when needed.

The 2014 sewer rate for Arcadia Hills is reduced by 2.5 percent; water rates for Arcadia Hills are reduced by 5 percent; for Stonehedge by 10 percent; and Scotchtown by 10 percent.

In the black

Supervisor Bloomfield said all of the districts are now in the black and can keep up with bill paying. When he and the present board took office nine years ago, the districts were struggling with crumbling infrastructure and faulty pumps, costing thousands of dollars in repairs.

The supervisor credits settling a billing dispute with the village, getting out of crisis management, and continuous infrastructure improvement as reasons for financially and physically improving the districts. He praised department head, Broderick Knoell, for his skill and knowledge in correcting problems and bettering the districts.

In 2013, the Hambletonian Park sewer district had a new $35,000 natural gas powered sewer lift station back-up generator installed and the in-ground gasoline tank for the prior back-up generator removed, costing $3,000. Twenty-four of 46 manholes were rehabilitated to reduce inflow and infiltration, costing $21,000. All projects were paid for with current funds.

The Arcadia Hills sewer district had two new lift station sewer pumps installed at a cost of $50,000; the lift station sewerage wells were reconfigured for improved efficiency and durability, costing $31,000. Fifty-two of the 77 manholes were rehabilitated, costing $41,000. All projects were paid for with current funds.

Every home in the Stonehedge Water District now has a new state of the art meter that was paid for with current funds.

Under consideration for 2014 is the evaluation and replacement of a sewer line on Upper Magic Circle/Good Time Court to reduce inflow and infiltration at a projected cost of $32,500 and manhole rehabilitation at $5,000. For water, replacement of two main water valves, costing $10,000.

On the 2014 agenda for Arcadia Hills is installing a sewer lift station propane gas back-up generator, costing $45,00 and installing a variable frequency device to eliminate pressure shocks resulting in sewer main breaks. Rehabilitation of the remaining 25 manholes will also take place at a cost of $30,000. The water tank at Arcadia Hills will be inspected and coated to seal leaks at a $50,000 cost and the rehabilitation of two wells, costing $10,000.

A variable frequency device will also be installed at Stonehedge, costing $5,000.

In a plan developed by Riddick Associates, the town’s engineering consultant, in cooperation with the Orange County Health Department, lead sequestering in the Scotchtown Water District will begin. According to the supervisor, lead from joints in seldom used water pipes — like in a basement — leaches into the water resulting in unsafe levels of lead in the water. Before the project begins, the town will call a meeting with residents, the health department and Broderick Knoell, department head. This project will cost $5,000 annually.

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