KINGSTON, NY – A project to make mandatory upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment plant on East Strand is not expected to have any significant environmental impact, the Kingston engineer said.
City engineer John Schultheis told the Common Council’s Laws and Rules Committee in an online meeting on Wednesday, September 29 that the project is subject to the requirements of the Environmental Quality Review Act. of State. He said a coordinated review has been carried out and interested and involved agencies have had the opportunity to comment on the project. There were no objections, according to Schultheis.
To move forward with the project, in addition to borrowing money to finance its construction, the council is expected to pass a resolution declaring itself the lead agency and that the project would not have a significant impact on l environment, said Schultheis.
At Schultheis’ request, the committee approved a resolution declaring the board the main body and issuing a statement of negative environmental significance. This resolution has yet to be sent to the full council, which will meet again on Tuesday, October 5.
Schultheis said the project would bring the sewage treatment plant into compliance with more stringent pollutant limits issued by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
“There are two parts to this,” Schultheis said of the project. “One concerns the processes used at the wastewater treatment plant and the second concerns the piping that conveys the treated effluents to the Rondout stream. “
In mid-September, the council’s finance and audit committee passed a resolution authorizing the city to borrow up to $ 9 million to finance construction of the project. This resolution must also be voted on by the council on Tuesday.
The entire project is valued at $ 10,203,350, Schultheis said previously, noting that the city had $ 2.25 million in grants to offset the cost.