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Wayne Post
  • Marbletown residents to ponder water

  • Residents in the Marbletown area are being asked if they want town water.



    Within the next several days residents will find a in their mailbox to help the town determine interest in two separate areas. Supervisor Dick Colacino said he has received several requests from residents to bring water to areas of Marbletown.

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  • Residents in the Marbletown area are being asked if they want town water.
    Within the next several days residents will find a in their mailbox to help the town determine interest in two separate areas. Supervisor Dick Colacino said he has received several requests from residents to bring water to areas of Marbletown.
    In the southwest quadrant, which includes Turner, Smith, Pardee Smith, Botcher and Bell roads, the estimated cost per year for residents on those roads is about $750. Included in the cost includes the capital debt service for a 20-year time period that would be included on the property owner’s annual town tax bill and an estimate of how much water would cost for a year, which would vary depending on usage. Colacino estimates this affects about 25 properties.
    Town water is also being considered on Marbletown Road, north of Miller Road, for about 40 properties. The cost to bring water to that area is estimated at $850 to $900 per year; again, that cost includes the debt service and an estimated amount of a typical water bill.
    Colacino said the estimates are ballpark figures and were developed by the town’s engineer. The surveys are intended to show the Town Board whether there is sufficient interest in the two areas to pursue the projects. The surveys are informal and have no legal bearing. They must be returned to the town offices by April 7. An overwhelming response in favor of expanding water will prompt the board to pursue the projects.
    If approved, the town will seek grant funding to help with costs; however, residents will be asked to complete an income survey that is necessary to complete the grant application. Town Attorney David Saracino said if it should reach that point, it is important that residents complete the income survey, not just for the grant application, but also for the town to receive grant funding.
    Results from the surveys will be presented at the next board meeting, and a decision to move forward or drop the idea will be made.
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