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October 26, 2012

Board nixes Southside water plan

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Frazier, after voting to deny the funding, said committee members were given insufficient time to review the request, which was not presented to them until they arrived for the meeting.

Wood, in an interview with The Daily Star, said the water would be drawn from an aquifer below the town-owned Fortin Park. That water supply has been tested and has been proven to have an abundance of high-quality water, he said.

The funding to create the water district would be sought from the state Environmental Facilities Corp., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development office and the federal Appalachian Regional Council, he said.

The town has already committed $90,000 to the project and needs another government to back it in order to better position its application to the outside funding sources, Wood said.

Wood said he has not ruled out forming a partnership with Delaware County officials, noting Davenport Town Supervisor Dennis Valente has expressed interest in acquiring water from the town of Oneonta.

The current project area runs for about 2.5 miles along state Route 23, from Main Street to the town line, past Lowe’s, and includes Southside Drive, Wood said.

In addition to the town seeking another government entity to back the project, Wood said the town can increase its chances of winning grants by conducting a survey of residents to determine if the town should seek low-interest loans. That survey will begin this winter, he said.

“I’m a little disappointed the county board sort of took a short-sighted approach to it,” he said. Both he and Murphy said they would not give up on the effort to convince the county board to financially support the town’s water district plan.

County representatives have been occupied by trying to hatch a balanced budget for 2013. The new spending plan is expected to be enacted in early

December.

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