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Village of Central Square Sewer Department


History:  In 1964 Contract 2A and 2B for a treatment plant and pumping station were put out to bid for the village.  Sealed bids were accepted for the project by the village board until January 18, 1965.  The project included the construction of a contact stabilization type treatment plant, two package type pumping stations and outfall sewer.  The consulting engineer for the village was O’Brien and Gere Consulting Engineers. 
   In order for the project to happen, 170 right away agreements had to be obtained.  (The population of Central Square was about 1,000).  John A. LeFaivre, chairmen of the local citizens committee was the primary person in distributing the agreements.  The general plan of the proposed sewer locations was on display for the public at the bank.
   In March 1965 ground was broken on the sewer project at ceremonies officiated by Lowell Gregg, Mayor Milton Dunham and George Traub Jr.  Olin Construction Company was engaged to install the eight miles of sewer lines, the two pumping stations and purification plant.
   At the time of its completion, the Village of Central Square was the only one in Oswego County with a complete sewer system.  The first streets that were ready were East Avenue, Webb Avenue and the east side of South Main Street between Webb Avenue and the village square.

Sewer Plant Operators:

Mike Avery and Gary Allen

The Plant Today: 

WWTP Improvements (July 2016) One of the most important items for consideration this coming year will be upgrades to our aging waste water treatment facility (WWTF). We will be replacing important components that are basically worn out. This retrofit will be good for another 20-25 years. We hope to begin the construction work in the early part of 2017. Unfortunately, the equipment needs to be replaced. Pumps, grinders, electrical components, filters, ladders, bridges are just a few of the parts that need to be updated.

For the past year, our Village Board has been working closely with our engineer and other state agencies exploring options for grants, financing and the most efficient and cost effective way of completing this project. We have received grant money for the engineering design.

Comparatively, the Village of Central Square has the lowest quarterly rates in the county. Here are some comparisons:
Central Square- 87.00/ qtr
Cleveland - 118.50/ qtr
Pulaski - 89.99/ qtr
Mexico - 105.50/ qtr
Phoenix - 112/ qtr ( based on average use per household)
Fulton - 136.00/ qtr (based on average use per household)
Oswego - 200/ qtr

The Village is considering a slight rate increase beginning January 2017. We are considering a $1.00/ month increase or $12.00 annual increase. Still keeping our rates well below the adjacent communities. This is still under review by the Village Board.

The WWTF runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Few of us think of where the “stuff” goes when we flush our toilets, wash our laundry or clean our dishes, until we get a backup or a mechanical failure in our own home. We are fortunate to have two very competent engineers on staff, Mike Avery and Gary Allen. These two individuals work closely with our village engineer, Paul Sheneman, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Oswego County and village residents. Our goal is to keep things flowing without any disruptions. The Village Board has had numerous discussions how to keep the rates low and plan for the future.

The Village will be working with Municipal Solutions to secure a low interest loan. The cost of renovations will be between $1.5-1.6 million. The reason for the differential is due to possible state requirements and the village being proactive and adding an Ultra Violet (UV) disinfecting process to provide one more additional way to purify the water. We will keep you informed.