By MORGAN FRISCH
Recorder News Staff

FONDA — Montgomery County Physical Services Committee members passed several resolutions Tuesday that related to the Montgomery County Sanitary District No. 1.
Legislators approved County Executive Matthew Ossenfort to execute an agreement with John M. McDonald Engineering P.C. to provide engineering services for capital projects at the Montgomery County Sanitary District No. 1. The district’s board of directors recommended retaining the company’s services to prepare design specifications, solicit bids and oversee the construction phase of the project at a cost not exceeding $48,700.
In another resolution, legislators authorized Ossenfort to execute an order of consent being issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to the Montgomery County Sanitary District No. 1. According to the resolution, the county attorney has negotiated a reduced fine and a longer schedule of compliance with the DEC.
Legislative Chairman and District 3 Legislator Roy Dimond said the second resolution was in regards to wastewater overflows.
“This has been going on prior to my time, but I think I determined it was 10 years ago when it started,” Dimond said.
He said the villages of Nelliston and Fort Plain had issues with lines going into the sanitary sewer instead of into the actual wastewater. He said this caused overflows, which is something DEC fines.
“For at least the four years that I have been involved, the two villages have been blocking off those lines and eliminating that type of thing,” he said.
Dimond said the county wanted to resolve the previous issues and had their attorney negotiate a settlement.
Committee members also passed a resolution adopting a new commercial and operation and maintenance rate for the Montgomery County Sanitary District No. 1. The new rate will be $275 per available unit, per year. This will impact anyone in district boundaries that has public sewer, according to the resolution.
Dimond, who is also on the sanitary district board, said the previous rate was $240.
“When we were doing our budget, we felt in order to keep up with the maintenance and operations of it that we needed to raise the rate,” he said.
Dimond said this is the first time the rate has been changed in eight years.