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11/29/16 12:04pm
11/29/2016 12:04 PM

Sandy Beach sewers

It may have just been a Village Board resolution accepting a bid for an engineering plan, but for the roughly two dozen homes in the Sandy Beach neighborhood of Greenport that have yet to be hooked up to a municipal sewer system, Monday’s unanimous board decision marked a significant step forward.

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05/18/16 9:00am
05/18/2016 9:00 AM

Southold Town Board

The Southold Town Board isn’t ready to throw out a $6 million proposal to expand Greenport Village’s sewer district. But it’s not ready to get on board either, said Supervisor Scott Russell, who said the town must determine its environmental needs before agreeing to fund the project in Greenport.

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02/19/15 10:00am
02/19/2015 10:00 AM

The Village Board has approved an agreement with Peconic Landing concerning a sewer line hookup. The agreement is expected to bring in about $720,000 to the village. That revenue is expected to be used by the sewer district for capital improvements that may be required in the future, Mayor David Nyce said.

The hookup fee was calculated by pro-rating the amount the village usually charges: $15,000 for every 300 gallons of sewage per day. While the precise fee is calculated by the village, the figure of 300 gallons per day is based on Suffolk County standards, Mr. Nyce added.

The sewer hookup is related to a long-planned expansion at Peconic Landing.

03/31/14 1:44pm
03/31/2014 1:44 PM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Calverton Enterprise Park, looking south

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Calverton Enterprise Park, looking south

Riverhead Town landed a hefty $5 million out of New York State’s $137.9 billion 2014-15 budget to upgrade and build new sewer infrastructure at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

The budget is expected to be voted on before the end of the fiscal year today.

The town already was given about $1.3 million late last year from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to build out sewers at EPCAL, which will need to be expanded and upgraded if the town gets the development it is hoping to attract.

State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) said on Monday “this was a priority because job creation is critically important to our region. Development at EPCAL will benefit the entire eastern end of Brookhaven and eastern Long Island. When we start putting ratables there, that will help stabilize real property taxes.”

Town officials have said it could cost over $23 million to do all the sewer work that needs to be done on site. A first phase would include moving discharge for groundwater away from McKay Lake, which should cost nearly $7 million.

Between the $5 million coming through next fiscal year’s budget, and the $1.3 million from the LIREDC, Supervisor Sean Walter said phase one of a sewer upgrade should be pretty much paid for. A connection fee to be paid by a 97,000-square foot drug research center could close the gap, he said.

Mr. Walter said on Monday he was “extremely pleased with Senator LaValle,” also recognizing Assemblymen Fred Thiele and Anthony Palumbo.

“Everybody who doubted that the state would partner with us — I’m happy to prove them wrong,” said the supervisor.

Monday’s announcement was the second big announcement for moving development ahead at EPCAL in as many years in Albany: in fact, last June, the state legislature OK’d a fast-track bill which will hasten the approval process for projects at EPCAL, which was gifted to the Town of Riverhead in the late 1990s.

10/18/10 4:20pm
10/18/2010 4:20 PM

Where could new sewers be built in Suffolk County? How much would they cost? And, perhaps most importantly, where would the money come from?
Those were the among several questions pondered by environmentalists, economic development agencies and elected officials at Suffolk County’s second so-called “sewer summit” at Suffolk Community College last Thursday.
County Executive Steve Levy, who hosted the summit, told a crowd of 120 that sewers improve water quality and boost economic development. “We want to get the word out that sewer is not a dirty word,” Mr. Levy said.
He wants to preserve the “treasured” undeveloped land in Suffolk, Mr. Levy said, but also expand current sewer districts.
“We want to improve our environment and provide for and promote properly-planned development that will help us move into the next century,” he said.
Since the first sewer summit in 2008, Suffolk County has dedicated $5.6 million to study the effects of potential sewers in 22 communities, including Riverside and Flanders, as well as Rocky Point.
One thing the studies are all finding: sewage isn’t cheap, at least the processing of it. A new sewage treatment plant at any of the studied communities would cost about $50 million.
Tom Isles, director of the Suffolk County Department of Planning, presented some ideas to help pay for the projects. For example, the county could use tax revenue from development projects to pay bonds issued to fund infrastructure, he said, or create an infrastructure bank.
The Southwest Sewer District, a pocket of the county with a high number of sewers, was funded through government subsidies which are no longer available.
David Calone, chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, recognized that some balk at the cost of building more sewers, but said “failing to protect the quality of our drinking water would be far more costly.”
Mr. Levy emphasized the need for everyone in the county to get on the same page in a collaborative, cooperative effort.
Currently, one-third of Suffolk County is sewered with 184 sewage treatment plants and 23 more in the planning stage.
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