South & Center Sewer Board Looks To Add Member

David Rowe wants to lend his infrastructure expertise to the South & Center Sewer District.

On Tuesday, the sewer district’s administrative board took the first step toward making it happen.

Rowe, currently the building inspector and code enforcement officer for the town of Ellicott, attended the meeting to show his interest in joining the board.

“I have an interest in being more involved with what’s happening in the county,” Rowe said.

Rowe said he was interested in increasing infrastructure to facilitate commercial development, and specifically mentioned the unified sewer plan.

With agreement from the board, Lance Spicer, board chairman, said that he would move Rowe’s name to the legislature, for the consideration of Rowe becoming a board member.

Tom Walsh, director of operations, provided a report on the district’s state of affairs.

According to Walsh, the district has received six proposals regarding the Chautauqua Wastewater Consolidation Study.

“We have narrowed it down to three, and plan on calling in the next week to set up interviews,” Walsh said.

URS Corporation, O’Brien & Gere and Clark Patterson Lee, who submitted a joint proposal with GHD, are all contenders and each bid close to the $50,000 grant limit, according to Walsh.

“We hope to have a recommendation for the board by next week,” Walsh said.

Southern Tier Brewery is still working on the construction of a pretreatment wastewater plant to reduce the high levels of byproducts leaving the facility.

According to Walsh, due to unforeseen issues with contractors, the new completion date has been extended for four-to-six weeks.

“We have been monitoring on a regular basis, and they are working,” Walsh said.

The board discussed the Empire State Specialty Cheese Company located at the former Fairbanks Farms location in Blockville.

Walsh said that he met with Tony Caparco, Empire’s owner, on March 24, to discuss expectations and Caparco agreed to let the district take effluent samples to test.

“(Empire) needs pretreatment,” Walsh said. “He was surprised by this.”

According to Walsh, Caparco now understands what is expected and plans to comply by his October startup date.

Spicer said that it was important the board now has a paper trail signifying that the discussion took place between the district and Empire.

Tom Erlandson, board member, suggested that the board contact the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency about having the agency bring new businesses in contact with the board so that business owners know what will be expected of them beforehand.

“It’s kind of unfair to these people,” said Neil Robinson, board member.

Spicer agreed to draft a letter to the IDA to present the issue.

According to Walsh, Jackson Smith, a Lakewood resident who recently expressed interest in joining the board, was officially appointed to the board.

To conclude the meeting, Walsh explained that Long Point State Park has received a $1 million grant to complete a sewer system. According to Walsh, Long Point will still need a permit, but the project hopefully will be completed by spring 2015.