Conklin Explores Building Sewage Treatment Plant

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 11, 2009 at 12:09 AM EDT

The Town of Conklin is looking for a cheaper alternative to get rid of its waste.

And could go as far as building its own sewage treatment plant.

Action News Reporter Reed Buterbaugh has the story.

Waste from homes in Conklin is sent to the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage treatment Plant.

But a recent hike in sewage rates has Town leaders thinking it's time for a change.

That's why the Town Board approved financing a study to look into building and sharing a waste water center with Kirkwood.

"We cannot continue with the increases from the sewage plant and there's gonna come a time when the sewage plant isn't going to handle anymore and then what are we gonna do?," says Conklin Town Supervisor Debbie Preston.

Preston says a housing development and two trailer parks on the south-end of town need sewer access.

"Branching out and we have to it's not acceptable to just stay as we are because if we don't if we stay the way we are we can never grow. We can never get back what we lost," says Preston.

The study will be conducted by a Syracuse company and cost Kirkwood and Conklin nearly 4 thousand dollars each.

Although not everyone in Kirkwood would need to be hooked up.

"A lot of residents that don't need public sewers. So it's been a hard sale," says Kirkwood Town Supervisor Gordon Kniffin.

If the two towns are able to reach an inter municipal agreement, the sewage treatment plant will do more than service the two towns.

It'll probably take waste water all along Route 11 down to the Pennsylvania border, including the New York State Welcome Center.

"The priority would be to service those areas that businesses have been asking for it. Those parcels that may develop new businesses," says Kniffin.

Kirkwood is the third biggest contributor to the Binghamton-Johnson City plant.

Kniffin says increasing access to sewage is the only way for areas like Industrial Park to grow.

In Conklin, Reed Buterbaugh, WBNG-TV Action News.

Preston expects the feasibility study to be complete within the next two months.

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