December 20, 2017
County Approves Feasibility Study for Waste Water Treatment Plant in Volney
On Thursday, December 14, the Oswego County Legislature approved a feasibility study associated with the reuse of the Waste Water Treatment Plant at the former Miller Brewing facility in Volney.
As part of their approval, the Oswego County Legislature agreed to pay $49,000 toward the study. The remaining $49,000, of the $98,000 study, will be paid by Operation Oswego County (OOC) and the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency (IDA). C&S Engineers, Inc., of Syracuse, will be retained to conduct the study.
The feasibility study will focus upon the potential reactivation of the former Miller Brewing waste water treatment plant for the purpose of it serving as a regional waste water treatment facility.
The study will identify and document the reasons for undertaking the project, including conveyance limitations, plant capacity, and consent orders. It will also address the Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan findings of the need to enhance infrastructure capacity in order to advance economic development potential.
According to the Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan, adopted on November 9th of this year, “access to roads, sewer, water, communication technologies, and electricity are prerequisites for economic growth.” The plan identified that the “sewer system limitations are the greatest barrier to future economic growth, creation of jobs, and expansion of the tax base in Oswego County” and suggested the “reactivation of sewer services from the waste water treatment plant [at] the former Miller Brewing plant” into a regional municipal facility could alleviate sewer capacity deficiencies and spur future economic growth.
C&S Engineers will research potential service areas and note where new waste water conveyance infrastructure will be needed, along with potential conveyance route options.
A preliminary cost estimate for the reactivation of the facility will be provided, including the costs associated with the construction of new conveyance infrastructure. The study will also include a conceptual 20-year operations and maintenance budget, while identifying potential infrastructure ownership and operation arrangements options.
C&S Engineers will work closely with the facility owner, the County of Oswego IDA, and its partners, Operation Oswego County, Inc. and the Oswego County Legislature, to review potential service area information. They will also work in cooperation with the Village of Phoenix, the Towns of Schroeppel and Volney, and the City of Fulton.
“The IDA, OOC and the County are working together, as a team, to address the infrastructure issues identified in the Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan. This study is integral and vital to this paramount initiative,” stated L. Michael Treadwell, CEO of the IDA.
Due to its strategic location along the NY 481 corridor and potential capacity, the facility would, if developed into a regional waste water treatment plant, could cover parts of Phoenix, Schroeppel, Volney and Fulton. Such a facility could open up the area for future business and industrial development, as well as being able to support residential housing that would boost economic growth. The study will be completed within 5 months.