CWC Board Oks Shokan septic district study

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MARGARETVILLE, N.Y., October 16, 2017– The Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) Board of Directors has approved a $7,500 proposal from Chazen Companies of Poughkeepsie to prepare a wastewater service area study for the hamlet of Shokan in the Town of Olive.
Chazen will map the hamlet, collect data and evaluate topography, land uses, lot sizes and other characteristics. This is the first step in developing a community wastewater system to be funded by New York City and coordinated by the CWC. The septic district study is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The CWC Board, at its October 3 meeting in Margaretville, approved two other resolutions to assist the Town of Olive. It approved a low-interest loan of $52,380 to replace a fuel oil furnace in the town highway garage with energy efficient propane-fired infrared heaters, and it awarded a $20,000 Sustainable Communities Program grant to identify new sites for the potential relocation of anchor businesses and residences out of the Boiceville floodplain.
A local flood analysis (LFA) was completed in August for Boiceville which sustained heavy damage in 2011 flooding. There is commercially zoned vacant property outside of the flood zone in the hamlet; some of these parcels are within the sewer district and some are not. The CWC grant will allow the Town of Olive to engage a consultant to help identify new locations for homes and businesses being purchased through the voluntary New York City Flood Buyout Program, and to plan for potential extension of the sewer district.
In other business, the Board
• approved a block grant of $4,895,000 for that portion of the Claryville Community Wastewater Project which lies in the Town of Neversink, Sullivan County. A block grant of $3,760,000 was approved in September covering the portion of the project in the Town of Denning, Ulster County. Lamont Engineers was authorized to proceed with the pre-construction (design) phase.