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Wayne Post
  • Some want water; some don’t

  • The survey results are in, and while Marbletown residents largely oppose an offer for town water, residents in another part of town are saying yes.

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  • The survey results are in, and while Marbletown residents largely oppose an offer for town water, residents in another part of town are saying yes.
    Surveys from the southwest quadrant, which includes Turner, Smith, Pardee Smith, Botcher and Bell roads, have been examined, and those residents who returned one are in favor of the town running water throughout their district. The Town Board has scheduled a public information meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. for residents in the district to learn more about the proposed project.
    The estimated cost per year for residents on those roads is about $750. Included in that charge is the capital debt service for a 20-year time period and an estimate of how much water would cost for a year, which would depend on usage.
    The cost estimates are just that, and much will depend on what funding the town can get. Town Attorney Dave Saracino said Arcadia will need to seek Small Cities grant funding, and income surveys from residents in the district must be obtained. When grant funding was sought a year ago, all but nine residents in the district completed the necessary income surveys. Saracino said any resident who has completed an income survey does not need to do so again, but those who haven’t must do so now.
    “It’s a numbers game,” he said. “Without the income surveys, we will not get the funding. It’s as simple as that.”
    The surveys will be available at the public information meeting, and residents in the district will be mailed a letter notifying them of the meeting date and time.
    Due to a majority of negative responses from the Marbletown area, north of Miller Road, the town will not pursue the matter further.
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