By Geri CoreyGOSHEN — A preliminary agreement to provide water and sewer services to the proposed Legoland theme park has been reached. The agreement is between the Village of Goshen and Merlin Entertainment, which made the request for services.At the Aug. 8 village board meeting, Mayor Kyle Roddey said the Goshen wastewater treatment plant has sufficient capacity to accommodate the project. The village also has sufficient water capacity for current and future needs in the village, as well as for the Legoland project, he said. The village is doing engineering work to develop additional wells on village-owned property in the town of Wallkill.At the village's request, Merlin has agreed to compensate the village for the cost of surveys, studies, and construction to determine whether the village's water is sufficient.“By having Merlin cover the cost of developing a new well, we can give them water without diminishing our current supply,” said Roddey. Merlin Entertainment plans to build the Legoland theme park on 153 of 523 acres on Harriman Drive in the Town of Goshen. Merlin's expenses, as outlined in the preliminary agreement, are as follows: Sewer service at the rate of $9.20 per 1,000 gallons used Unit charge for sewer: $272,000 per year Water service at the rate of $6 per 1,000 gallons Unit charge for water of $19,000 per year; Compensation for "reasonable costs" in connection with exploration studies, development, and construction.
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