By Andrew Gorosko
Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members have unanimously approved having their consulting engineering firm start final design work on the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, a municipal project intended to stimulate economic development.
At a February 5 meeting, WSA member Richard Zang made a motion to have Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, start the final design project, with successive stages of that design to be sequentially approved by the WSA as the project progresses.
The municipal facilities project is intended to foster economic development in the section of town near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.
Unlike the town’s central sewer system, which discharges its wastewater to the sewage treatment plant at 24 Commerce Road, the Hawleyville sewer system discharges its wastewater to the regional sewage treatment plant in Danbury.
At February 2014 town meeting, voters by an 81-to-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development. The town has received approval for a $500,000 state grant that will be used toward the sewer expansion project.
At the February 5 session, WSA members learned that a state engineer who is overseeing the grant’s implementation is researching how the funds would be used for the sewer extension project.
Fuss & O’Neill, Inc is expected to complete the sewer design work by late spring. Sewer system construction would start later this year.
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