Sewer Project – Public Meeting – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Phase I Sewer Project
NOTE: Ground breaking ceremony on March 28 at 10:00 AM at Valley Road HAS ALSO BEEN POSTPONED
The public information session will discuss the construction project and measures which will be taken to minimize disruption.
That said, it should be understood that there will be unavoidable disruption.
Some of the measures being taken:
No work in the business districts in November and December so as to avoid hurting the businesses during peak holiday shopping season.
Night hours when work is carried out in the business districts. Noisy work affecting nearby residences will be curtailed/minimized.
Even when work is being performed, one lane of traffic will be open throughout.
Work staging hour will be outside of the commercial area.
We are minimizing any reduction in public parking places.
Working group of property owners to help
For those who did not see it, the following is from last week’s newsletter:
Construction is scheduled to begin on March 30 for what we refer to as Phase I of the Town’s long term plans for addressing septic issues. By way of background, a large area of the NYC watershed in Bedford Hills and Katonah was designated over 20 years ago as a “focus” to address severe issues over failing septic systems, including cesspools.
The Bedford Hills and Katonah Business Sewer District, known as a non-contiguous, sewer district was created as a first step for addressing these issues. The property owners with the sewer district currently rely on aging and failing septic systems and cesspools for wastewater disposal, which negatively impacts water quality in the Croton Watershed system of New York City’s water supply. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, which serves this correctional facility and the Taconic Correctional Facility. This WWTP has additional treatment capacity that would be able to treat the sewer district flows.
The Town of Bedford will take ownership of this plant, where the additional available capacity will treat the sewer district flow, resulting in both DOCCS facilities to become customers of the of the Town Sewer District.
The Phase I project will provide sanitary sewer services for 124 commercial parcels in the hamlets of Katonah and Bedford Hills. In addition, existing treatment systems at Katonah Elementary School, St. Mary’s Parish, and Bedford Park Apartments will be decommissioned and connected to the sewer system. This results in a non-contiguous sewer district, with parcels located along the sewer route that are not proposed to be connected as there is insufficient WWTP capacity to include them.
The Town has continued to engage those property owners to identify existing cesspools or failing septic systems that may be able to be connected as out of district customers to improve water quality. Design and permitting of the collection system was begun in 2017.
Multiple agencies were involved, including Westchester County Department of Health, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA).
Concurrent with design and permitting, the Town negotiated an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with New York City that defined the timing and transfer of funds to the Town, as well as an agreement with DOCCS for transfer for ownership of the WWTP.
The IGA was registered in June 2019, which allowed the project to go out to bid. Bids were opened and reviewed in November 2019. This month DOCCS and Town entered into an agreement for the Town’s assumption of operation and maintenance of the WWTP and for the conveyance of the WWTP to the Town this Spring.
In January, I signed the contract with Brennan Construction to construct the sewer system. A preconstruction meeting will be held on March 16th to facilitate coordination between the Town, Engineers, and regulatory agencies. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for March 28th at 10AM and Brennan will proceed with active construction on March 30th. Construction will begin near the intersection of Valley Road and Bedford Road and proceed up Valley Road to New Street and Huntville Road. The preliminary schedule anticipates reaching Katonah Elementary School by June 2020, at which point work will then proceed to Katonah Avenue. Work will continue in the hamlet through the summer and then continue on Bedford Road toward Harris Road.
Throughout construction, Woodard & Curran and the Town will hold weekly progress meetings to understand project schedule and maintain coordination. Following these meetings, regular updates will be posted to the Town website so that residents and business owners can be aware of where work is taking place. In addition, the Town and Woodard & Curran are coordinated with a representative committee of property owners from Bedford Hills and Katonah to share project updates, to hear and address concerns, and to identify ways to improve the overall efficiency of the project.
Committee engagement will include regularly scheduled meetings once construction is underway.