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TOWN OF NIAGARA – Plans to move the sewage service of three areas of the town to the Niagara County Sewer District continued to be discussed Thursday.

Town Board members still appear adamant to switch the service for Veteran Heights, Belden Center, and the Fashion Outlet of Niagara Falls USA to the county sewer district from the Niagara Falls Water Board because of the cost. In Niagara Falls, the Water Board also oversees the sewer system.

During the discussion, it was noted that the same sewage treatment services from the county would cost about half as much as the town is being charged by the city Water Board.

According to the discussion, the water board is seeking an increase to approximately $400,000 a year to treat the sewage. The cost could be about $250,000 with the county.

The council directed Deputy Supervisor Sylvia Virtuoso to bring the matter up at the next county sewer district meeting. Virtuoso is expected to attend the May 28 session along with a representative from Clark Patterson Lee, the town’s engineering firm.

Engineer Norman Gardner was asked to submit a detailed map of the project to be used for grant applications for possible funding.

Town Attorney Michael Risman said the contract between the town and the board has expired and the council should create a subcommittee to look into project items such as cost and funding.

Although Cayuga Village had been included as another area in the discussion in the past, it was not mentioned at the latest work session.

Gardner also briefed the council on the project to install a lift station to handle the expansion at the mall. He requested permission to seek bids for the project. He said the mall would pay for the connection. The town would buy the lift station because it would serve a number of businesses on Niagara Falls Boulevard, not just the mall.

Instead of sending the sewage flow from the mall south to the line with the city water board, the lift station would pump the flow north to Military Road and Fourth Avenue. At that point, the line would hook up with the county system, he said.

However, if the work is completed on the line before the town severs its association with the board, the flow would be directed back down Military to a board line at Niagara Falls Boulevard, Gardner explained. Mall developers said they anticipated the work to be done by Sept. 15.

Board members said they hoped the county would help to provide some funding for the project through the sewer district. Niagara County Legislator Jason Zona, who attended the session, told the council it needed to pass a resolution asking the county for funding.

Risman noted that funding for the project such as by bonding, would need to be in place prior to a contract being awarded. The mall expansion is expected to open on Oct. 23.