Preparing to finalize Joint Sewage Treatment Plant agreement

By Jillian Marshall

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Local lawmakers are working together to update a comprehensive agreement to run the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant.

Johnson City trustees and Binghamton City Council held a council meeting on the joint sewage treatment plant on Wednesday night.

They completed the first phase, which was intended to review organizational changes to the current inter-municipal agreement.

"The inter-municipal agreement for the sewer plant between the two municipalities was a bunch of amendments like scattered all over the place basically, and it was hard to follow, hard to read," said Johnson City Mayor Greg Deemie.

Binghamton City Clerk Angela Holmes said she decided to update the IMA so it is easier to read and understand.

Deemie says revamping the IMA is another way to keep tabs on sewage board members and the sewage plant.

"It's so we can make sure we're doing our job correctly and that everything is getting done correctly at the sewer plant, and everything is getting taken care of like it should," Deemie said.

The next step is to have a finalized version of the IMA, which members will have to vote to adopt.

Then they will start the second phase, which is going through all five articles in the IMA and discussing possible changes to certain areas.