$1.5 million to aid Sloan with NYDEC Consent Order

Assemblymember Monica Wallace and Senator Tim Kennedy join the Sloan Village Board to announce $1.5 million in state funding for the village. (Contributed)
Assemblymember Monica Wallace and Senator Tim Kennedy join the Sloan Village Board to announce $1.5 million in state funding for the village. (Contributed)

SLOAN – State money will be flowing into the Village of Sloan which will be used toward the correction of inflow and infiltration issues which puts the municipality under a Department of Conservation Consent Order.

Many municipalities like Sloan are working to correct this issue which arises from illegal connections of sump pumps, downspouts, and foundation drains directly into the sanitary sewer pipes which cause inflow and cracked and leaky sewer pipes that allow groundwater to seep into the system, which causes infiltration.

Assemblymember Monica Wallace and Senator Tim Kennedy were joined by Village of Sloan Mayor Thomas Ferrucci last week Wednesday to announce over $1.5 million in state funding for the village.

“The Village of Sloan has been working diligently to address the DEC Order on Consent and to upgrade its aging infrastructure,” said Ms. Wallace. “This state investment will help Sloan address costly and environmentally-hazardous inflow and infiltration issues and reduce pollution.”

The village’s estimated fiscal responsibility for complying with the DEC Order on Consent is $6.08 million. Today’s funding announcement covers approximately 25% of the overall project.

“The Village of Sloan is working hard to do the right thing for taxpayers and the environment, and I’m pleased that New York State is recognizing that with this significant investment in their inflow and infiltration reduction project. I applaud Mayor Ferrucci for taking the lead on this project, and I look forward to continuing to work with the village and state to address these legacy environmental issues,” said State Senator Tim Kennedy.

The funding announced today is part of the historic Clean Water Infrastructure Act, which was enacted in the 2017-2018 NYS budget and was designed to help municipalities across the state upgrade their drinking and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

“On behalf of the Village of Sloan, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to Assemblymember Monica Wallace and Senator Tim Kennedy for supporting our application for grant funding,” said Village of Sloan Mayor Thomas Ferrucci. “This funding is critical to the village’s compliance with the DEC Order on Consent, and it will assist Sloan taxpayers in paying for the necessary repairs. Improving the village’s water infrastructure remains a priority to me, and I will continue working with partners in government to update our sewer system.”

Inflow and infiltration issues are not unique to the Village of Sloan.  Cheektowaga is also under a Consent Order from the DEC.  The town completed 30% of its I&I project this past summer and received nearly $24 million in state funds and loans to assist in the project.

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