Thursday, July 12, 2007


More details about the secretive sewer agreement between the DEC and Oneida County have started dribbling out. It looks like the residents of the area are going to be stuck with a $60,000,000 bill.

A deal was reached yesterday between Oneida County and the state concerning repairs at the Sauquoit Pumping Station.

Fixing the pumping station will help the entire county, but only nine municipalities using the station will have to pay.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said the reason is simple: “It’s the law.”

According to Picente, the nine municipalities which include New York Mills, Town of Paris, and Whitestown, among others, entered into a pact 42 years ago forming the part county sewer district.

The sewage flow problem arose from excess storm water overburdening the pumping station. The waste then goes to the water treatment center, and discharges into the Mohawk River.

Wednesday, Picente announced a deal the county reached with the state that will lower fines levied against Oneida County and give it three years to study the problem, and four to fix it.

The cost is estimated to be around $60,000,000, much of which will be paid by those in the Park County Sewer District.

I hope you folks living there really enjoy all those big box stores, because you're now subsidizing them to the tune of $545 dollars for every man, woman, and child. It's another Big Win(TM) for Oneida County!