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TOWN OF NIAGARA – A new sewer lift station is needed on Fashion Outlet Boulevard to accommodate the upcoming expansion at the mall.

The Town Board was asked at its work session Thursday to approve payment for engineering design plans for the station that is to be built near the entrance sign for the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls on the boulevard, according to Norman Gardner, an engineer with Clark Patterson Lee.

According to Supervisor Steven Richards, the town was told by the state Department of Environmental Conservation that new regulation standards found the existing system was inadequate for servicing the mall expansion.

Richards said he didn’t understand why the system was able to handle the 281 residents of the neighboring Sabre Park trailer court, but now, with the park and residents gone, it is not enough.

Although the system is currently serviced by the Niagara Falls Sewer Treatment Plant, Gardner said the plan would be to run the sewer line north to hook up with the Niagara County system near Military Road and the boulevard. The town is in the process of terminating its association with the city plant to go with the county.

No cost was discussed, but Richards said the mall would handle the installation of the station and the town would pay for its operation.

The design fee, which is expected to be approved at the board’s March 18 meeting, would cost $11,800, it was noted.

In a related matter, the board found that the arrangements to handle the duties of storm water officer were nearly completed except for the pay.

Richards said the board would discuss how much Building Inspector Charles Haseley would be paid for the added responsibilities as a personnel item at its work session next week.

Storm water management is a mandate put on local municipalities by the state, along with federal restrictions, that requires monitoring of the storm water that runs off during and after land development and could result in erosion, flooding and pollution.

The goal of the program is to keep storm water on a development site.

A major portion of the work is the completion and submission of an annual storm water report to the state. Gardner’s firm would be paid $5,000 a year to help Haseley with the report and another $100 an hour up to $12,000 for any additional work.

Richards asked Haseley to come up with an increased fee schedule for land developers that would offset the cost of the work as the town receives no state reimbursement for the requirement.

Haseley also suggested that the board develop a policy that would specify the line of authority for the job.