YORKTOWN, N.Y. - The town is in the preliminary stages of making renovations to its aging septic system.
At the Town Board’s June 7 meeting, Cosimo Pagano, project engineer at GHD Consulting Services, presented plans to renovate three of the town’s pump stations in Jefferson Park, Walden Woods and Jefferson Valley.
Town Engineer Michael Quinn introduced the project and said the plans are not 100 percent finalized and there is still room to make changes based on resident feedback and the Town Board’s approval on certain items.
The Town Board approved the draft and Supervisor Michael Grace said they are looking to get on a program where three stations are upgraded annually.
The stations, Pagano said, sit at low points in the collection system where wastewater is collected and is pumped to treatment facilities. Collectively, the three stations service about 780 homes.
Proposed renovations include demolishing current structures and replacing all pumps, valves, piping and instruments, installing new generators, new monitoring systems and in some locations a fence, among other technical improvements and additions.
One resident who lives near the Jefferson Park pump, which is located where Juniper Drive meets Curry Street, expressed concern over the size of the station and the fence.
Quinn said the fence is a matter of security and Grace said a vegetative fence would be fine in lieu of a more industrial-looking one. However, now the town is looking into other options in regard to the Jefferson Park pump station. It was briefly discussed whether the station could be eliminated altogether and the pump could connect to the sewer line that runs into Peekskill.
It wouldn’t be unheard of, Quinn said, as a substantial number of Northern Yorktown properties end up flowing into Peeksill and ultimately to a Westchester treatment plant, rather than the Hallocks Mill lines, where most of Yorktown’s discharge is pumped into.
Quinn said the idea has been discussed since the meeting and while it could be possible, they won’t know for sure until they have surveyors and engineers look at it. For right now it is just an idea, he said.
“We are still trying to chase down whether it would be feasible to do something like that,” Quinn said.
As far as the size of the structures, Grace said the stations are only as big as necessary to house all of the mechanics and that the structures won’t exceed the size they need to be.
When asked what the cost would be of the renovations, Quinn said, “I generally don’t like to give out that information because it could affect the bid process down the road.”
The plans will now be reviewed by the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection before the board can move forward.