Bond for Milo sewer district 3 OKed

John Christensen

At the regular town board meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 21 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Milo Town Board members recieved the report of Jeff Smith from Municipal Solution on the financing for the Bath Road/Aero Drive sewer project for the resolution to approve a bond for just over $200,000. The Board approved the sewer expansion project, Sewer District No. 3, last May for 19 properties along Bath Road, including the Penn Yan/Yates County Airport.

The funding includes a State and Municipal Facilities Program grant of $450,000 and a Airport Capital grant of $421,200 (in partnership with Yates County) from the N.Y.S. Dept. of Transportation Aviation Services Bureau. The bond of $208,444 is a municipal loan that will be paid back as debt service by property owners within the extension sewer district, pursuant to EDU assessments. Five of those units will be paid by the county for the airport.

The project will greatly improve conditions and allow expansion at the airport. It will include a pumping station located below grade on the site of the Keuka Shores townhouse project on Rte. 54. At previous meetings, care was taken in the design specifications to ensure the safety and function of that station because of its proximity to Keuka Lake. The contract was awarded to Blue Heron Construction of Jordan, with a start date in April. 

According to the project report, users within the new sewer district will be charged the same sewer rent that is charged to users within Sewer Districts 1 and 2 to cover operation and maintenance costs. Connection to the proposed gravity system is an expense of the project and not an additional expense for existing property owners. Any future connections will be the responsibility of the landowner and will need to be installed in accordance with Town standards.