Town sewer project may go over budget

By Mallika Rao
Posted 9/18/19

A public hearing was held on the Meadow Hill South Sewer Relief Project during the September 9 town hall meeting in the Town of Newburgh, and one resident spoke about his concerns regarding the …

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Town sewer project may go over budget

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A public hearing was held on the Meadow Hill South Sewer Relief Project during the September 9 town hall meeting in the Town of Newburgh, and one resident spoke about his concerns regarding the project.

The project is a repair project that might go $204,000 over budget since estimates began in 2014. This is due to the time escalation in costs as the project has been delayed and the addition of a carrier pipe that was recommended by the New York State Thruway, according to town engineer James Osborne.

Bill Fedder of Rockwood Drive was concerned that the entire facility would be getting replaced.

“We’re experiencing intermittent overflows depending on wet weather conditions, and the existing pipe is sufficient in carrying dry weather flows,” responded Osborne, “but we’re going to run a line parallel to that sized to handle excess weather flows.”

Osborne added that 65 percent of the pipes are publicly owned, which will be the ones repaired. The privately owned portion will not be affected by this project.

Fedder later voiced his concern that the upcoming BJ’s Wholesale Club did not get a public hearing as a result of the vote during the last meeting to not motion the project over for the public to weigh in.

He was specifically concerned about the size of the project’s budget and area and how it would impact the town.

Robert Petrillo, the commissioner of parks, recreation and conservation, asked that $3,200 be transferred from the Parkland Trust Fund to the Capital Project Account, which will add more landscaping projects to the area’s parks.

Highway Superintendent Mark Hall gave his department head report and was the only department head present during the reports portion of this month’s town hall meeting.

He discussed preparations for the winter time, which include trimming trees and getting the snowplows up and running, as well as pavement projects.

“We will be starting in Stanton Place off of Gardnertown Road, and we figure within a couple weeks the roads will be set to go,” he said. “We’ve also been touching up the roads for striping.”

Other town departments requested funds for the town board to review, and each were motioned over to review.

Animal Control officer Cheryl Cunningham requested an addition of $748.37 to the 294 account, a donation account for Newburgh’s veterinarians.

Accounting director Ronald Clum requested a transfer of $10,000 from the contingency fund to the building and grounds for the town police headquarters due to some repairs in the air conditioning units that took place over the summer.

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