An agreement with Madison County, NY to transport and dispose of the wet sludge produced by the city’s sewer treatment plant could save the city $100,000 per year in fees, according to a statement made yesterday by Mayor Ann Thane. In the statement, Thane thanked Public Works General Foreman Ray Halgas, Corporation Cousel Gerald DeCusatis, Waste Water Chief Plant Operator Ken Bray, and City Engineer Richard Miller for helping to complete the agreement.
“I’m proud of the work they have done on this project and of the work they do on a daily basis for our residents, “ said Thane. “This inter-municipal agreement will also reflect well on the city as we try to meet the tax cap and shared service goals established by our governor…The inter-municipal arrangement may have impact on resident income tax if we meet the benchmarks set by the state.”
Thane said that Madison County will give the city a better rate than it currently pays to have the sludge transported and disposed of. According to previous year budget figures, the city has paid anywhere from $324,000 to $389,000 per year from the sewer fund for sludge transportation and disposal.
The agreement will be discussed with the Common Council at this Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting at 6:00pm at City Hall.