By JIM AUSTIN
Elected representatives and agency officials were on hand Friday morning at the wastewater treatment plant to make the formal announcement of a quarter- million-dollar grant the village will receive.
The federal funds, which come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be used to install new equipment at the wastewater treatment plant to pump the facility’s effluent to reconstructed wetlands, providing a longterm, sustainable treatment process.
According to the state Environmental Facilities Corp., the project will save the village an estimated $30,000 per year in operational and maintenance costs and further improve the water quality of the Susquehanna River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay through significantly cleaner discharges that reduce nutrient pollution levels.
State Environmental Facilities Corp. Acting President Matthew Millea, who lived in Cooperstown until he was eight-years old, said, ``Each Green Innovation Grant Project represents a step towards building a `green’ industry and sustainable water treatment network in New York state. I want to commend the village of Cooperstown for their determination and vision to submit this innovative project to the Green Innovation Grant Program.’’
In acknowledging the grant, Mayor Carol Waller focused on the members of the village staff who worked with engineers to create the project and the successful grant application, and Dr. Theodore Peters, who has served on the sewer and water boards for a total of 35 years.
``I am pleased that the village of Cooperstown’s innovative project for waste water treatment was given this grant. It is through the hard work and extra efforts of the village staff, especially our Clerk, Teri Barown, our Senior Water Plant Supervisor John Cankar and our volunteer consultant for our sanitation system, Dr. Ted Peters, that this project can be put into place and save the residents from extensive and expensive renovations to this plant,’’ Waller said.
By JIM AUSTIN
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