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Hillside closure impacts south Seneca County sewer project

Ten elected officials, mostly from the southern end of Seneca County, met May 29 and spent more than two hours discussing the sanitary sewer situation in their end of the county.

Much of the talk centered on what impact the closure of Hillside Children’s Center in Varick by the end of 2019 would have on a proposed sewer consolidation project endorsed by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year.

Another issue that needs to be resolved is how much the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) will pay toward a new treatment plant and sewer lines to serve Five Points state prison in Romulus.

The plan endorsed by the supervisors calls for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant to replace two failing plants, converting them to pump stations. The new plant would be on the site of the current plant in Willard, which would be removed. The treatment plant at Five Points, which also serves the Hillside property, would be closed and converted to a pump station.

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