Joint sewage board goes modular

By Michelle Costanza

August 9, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two years after the 2011 flood, the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant officials will finally have a new building to work from.

After a 5-2 vote by Binghamton City Council on Friday night, the joint sewage board now has what it needs to bring a modular onto the plant's property.

The budget transfer of $355,000 into the Joint Board's capital fund that was approved by both the Johnson City Village Board of Trustees and City Council is a portion of the $737,900 project.

Members of the joint sewage board explained that the purchase and installation of the new building will not effect taxpayers. A grant by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) was awarded for the energy efficient building, and the remaining cost will be payed for through existing funds.

The modular will be home to office and meeting space, communications, and training facilities.

"This building will be a permanent building for us. It'll be better than double the size that we're in now and it'll be vermin free. It'll be a nice place to have our meetings and the staff will be as close as they can possibly be to their work," said Joint Sewage Board Chairperson George Kolba, Jr.

The joint sewage board will begin to award contracts to low bidders at a meeting on Tuesday. Kolba said they will break ground soon after, and hope to be in the new building by winter.