“We may not see municipal water and sewer here for some years,” he observed.
Mathes outlined the Brooks’ plan to the intergovernmental affairs committee of the Otsego County Board of Representatives earlier this month.
According to the minutes of that meeting, a request for a $125,000 no-interest loan and a $125,000 grant from the county loan program was approved by a 4-0 vote, with county Reps. Betty Anne Schwerd, R-Burlington, Craig Gelbsman, R-city of Oneonta, Rick Hulse Jr., R-Fly Creek, and Beth Rosenthal, D-Roseboom, all backing it.
Mathes said at that meeting that DEC has approved the Brooks’ plan to replace the septic system with the new methodology at a cost of $750,000, according to the meeting minutes.
Mathes told The Daily Star that Brooks’ will chip in the difference between the full project cost and the $600,000 package of grants and loans.
A DEC spokesman, Rick Georgeson, said Friday morning he had no information to offer on his agency’s concerns with the septic system at the business. Contacted again late Friday afternoon, Georgeson said he was still waiting to get information from his colleagues.
“They’re working on it,” he said.